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ERIC Number: ED640043
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2021-Dec
Pages: 24
Abstractor: ERIC
Considerations for Incorporating the Breakthrough Series Collaborative as a Quality Improvement Methodology in Early Childhood Systems. OPRE Report 2021-211
Anne Douglass; Kathryn Tout; Stephanie Doyle
Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation
Early care and education (ECE) leaders often consider new content, curricula, and models to include in their quality improvement (QI) toolkit. The Breakthrough Series Collaborative (BSC) centers equity in its approach to engaging staff at all levels in an ECE program. It is a promising approach for center-based ECE programs (with the potential to be used with home-based programs). While states are in a unique position of urgently managing pandemic relief funds and addressing high-priority needs for stabilization of child care programs in particular, they are also being challenged to address the needs of families and children (including families with low incomes) who have not had equitable access to ECE programs that provide high-quality care, even prior to the pandemic. Leaders are looking for innovations that can address the challenges in the current system. The purpose of this brief is to provide federal, state, and local ECE leaders with an overview of a quality improvement methodology called the Breakthrough Series Collaborative (BSC) and to describe the potential to use the BSC in early childhood systems to help ECE programs build their capacity for continuous improvement and make sustained changes in evidence-based practices. This brief focuses on quality improvement in center-based ECE contexts, though many of the general points made throughout are also applicable to quality improvement with home-based providers. [This report was prepared with JRA Consulting, Ltd.]
Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation. Administration for Children & Families, US Department of Health and Human Services, 330 C Street SW, Washington, DC 20201. Web site:
Related Records: ED640044
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Administration for Children and Families (DHHS), Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE); Child Trends; Center for the Study of Social Policy; University of Massachusetts Boston, Institute for Early Education Leadership and Innovation
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Head Start
Grant or Contract Numbers: HHSP233201500034I