Your state has high quality child level standards for children birth to five which have been shared with all local programs. You know that the local early intervention and preschool special education programs or agencies in your state are not consistently using these standards. It seems like the state needs to provide more support to locals in this effort. When locals are asked about barriers to using the child standards to guide their practice, issues such as lack of time, lack of skills, and need for guidance and TA are listed.
Being generally familiar with the System Framework Self-Assessment as a means to target needed changes, you review the Guidance Document and decide to convene a group of relevant stakeholders to complete the Self-Assessment for the Quality Standards Component. This will provide baseline information about what aspects of your Quality Standards system are strong and what areas should be improved.
As a result, the Self-Assessment determines that Quality Indicator QS3 contains the elements in need of improvement to respond to the challenge faced by your state. This will assist your state improving your infrastructure to support the effective use of child level standards at the local level.
Your team uses the results of the Self-Assessment to identify what needs improvement or modifications to ensure local early intervention and preschool special education programs or agencies in your state consistently use child standards. The information is used to help set priorities for your action planning and implementation.
Specifically, you identify that although you have disseminated, provided training and had discussions with locals regarding your child level standards and have excellent resources for families on the standards, but you have limited infrastructure supports in place to ensure the use of the standards. To accomplish this, you decide to form a work group, including stakeholders from other state agencies, your provider community and families to assist you in making improvements to your state's infrastructure related to child standards. You outline several activities of the work group to include:
ECTA recommends you complete the Self-Assessment for the entire System Framework. But you may decide to complete just the Quality Standards Component, or a specific Subcomponent, but always consider how the System Framework Components interact with each other. Remember, the components are not stand-alone. Even though your challenge is related to Quality Standards, other components may be impacted by your challenge as well (e.g. Finance, Personnel/Workforce, Accountability and Quality Improvement).
Finally, use the information provided in Considerations for Implementing System Change to help guide implementation of your improvement plan activities to improve your Personnel/Workforce system.
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