ERIC Number: ED478701
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Reference Count: N/A
Creating a Unified, Comprehensive System of Early Childhood Education.
National Association of State Boards of Education, Alexandria, VA.
The Early Childhood Education Network was created as a result of a year-long collaborative project between the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) and the Policymaker Partnership to help states create an infrastructure to support the delivery of quality services to children and their families. The boards of education in six participating states (Kansas, Louisiana, Illinois, Massachusetts, Ohio, Wyoming) received seed grants to assist with the design and implementation of strategic, results-oriented action steps to enhance the coherence and quality of early childhood education in the state. This report describes the research, policy issues, and the conceptual framework that served as the basis for how NASBE led states through strategic interventions to address critical issues in early childhood education. Specific steps are outlined to help states achieve targeted objectives. The report highlights the accomplishments of each Network state and the primary findings based on surveys and interviews of policymakers and agency staff. It is noted that states moved quickly to establish effective partnerships among policymakers, service coordinators, practitioners, and families. States accomplished their goals and put into place plans for continued expansion and implementation of activities to coordinate and improve the quality of their early childhood education systems. The report concludes with a discussion of the implications for enhancing and expanding the multi-step process of developing cohesive early childhood education policies and programs in states across the country. (Contains 27 endnotes.) (KB)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Delivery Systems, Early Childhood Education, Educational Improvement, Educational Planning, Educational Quality, Interviews, Partnerships in Education, Program Evaluation, Public Policy, Statewide Planning, Strategic Planning, Surveys, Young Children
National Association of State Boards of Education, 277 South Washington Street, Suite 100, Alexandria, VA 22314. Tel: 703-684-4000; Fax: 703-836-2313; Web site: http://www.nasbe.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association of State Boards of Education, Alexandria, VA.