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The Next Step in Systems-Building - This brief highlights state progress in creating Early Childhood Advisory Councils (ECACs) as of 2009 and shares recommendations to make ECACs more effective. The brief also provides a state-by-state accounting of ECAC development, finding that 19 states had identified an ECAC, and 30 others were in the process of doing so. (South Dakota decided not to apply for stimulus funding and currently has no plans to create a council.) Some of states’ priorities for federal funding included: hiring support staff, improving professional development systems, developing longitudinal data systems and investing in quality rating and improvement systems.(New America Foundation, November 2009)...

A Case Study of the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care - This 2008 case study examines how Massachusetts successfully consolidated its early childhood programs under one governance structure. It shares the strengths and weaknesses of Massachusetts’ approach, and offers insights into other states’ experiences with similar governance structures. (Rennie Center for Education Research and Policy & Strategies for Children, April 2008)...

A Case Study of the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care - The study assesses the impact of the creation of Massachusetts’s Department of Early Education and Care. It finds that while there are benefits to consolidating all early childhood programs under one department such as consistency in regulation and policies, reduction of wait-list for child care – with the department piloting Universal Pre-Kindergarten – the state’s department also experienced several drawbacks – inefficient transmission of funds to communities, lacking long-term vision, and struggling to focus on quality, professional development and the “education” aspect of its mission. The brief also provides lessons and recommendations to states considering creating a similar department, highlighting strong advocacy as key. (Rennie Center for Education Research and Policy, April 2008)...

Common Vision, Different Paths: Five States’ Journey Toward Comprehensive Prenatal-to-Five Systems - This report details five states' journeys toward comprehensive and coordinated early childhood systems as of 2007. The report names “four cornerstones” that contributed to system-building success in California, Illinois, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania. (Zero to Three and Pre-K Now, 2007)...

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