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This section features tools created by CEELO.

Tool to Guide Decisions Regarding Kindergarten Entry Assessment (KEA) Selection and Implementation is designed to assist in the process of selecting, revision, or implementing a KEA. States have requested technical assistance to help with the Kindergarten Entry Assessments (KEA’s) decision-making process. The Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO) drafted the tool and facilitated a stakeholder engagement process using the tool. (December 2017, Tool)

The Cost of Preschool Quality (CPQ) Tool is an Excel-based model which can be used at the state or district level to estimate the cost of expanding high quality preschool programs. On the CPQ page, readers will find a description of the CPQ,a CPQ Quick Start Guide, a User Guide, and a companion glossary/codebook. (August 2016). 

Evaluating Early Childhood Educators: Prekindergarten through Third Grade, a Supplement to the Practical Guide to Designing Comprehensive Educator Evaluation Systems helps state and district teams to problem-solve and make design decisions to differentiate evaluation systems for early childhood teachers. Jana Martella and Lori Connors-Tadros, CEELO co-directors, designed this supplemental guide as an extension to the Great Teacher and Leader Center’s resource, Practical Guide to Designing Comprehensive Teacher Evaluation Systems.

Mapping Tool: State Early Childhood Comprehensive Assessment System: Mapping and Priority Setting Tool (PDF); (MS Word Version). Part 1 of this tool is designed to assist State Teams in mapping the current status of efforts to implement a comprehensive assessment system for children from birth through 3rd grade and teacher/classroom and program assessment and evaluation. Part 2 is designed to assist State Teams in setting priorities for planning, implementing and sustaining initiatives in their comprehensive assessment system in the coming year.

Peer Learning Community Reflection Form is for Peer Learning Community members to reflect on the value of  activities they have initiated, or engaged in. Results of the reflection and discussion can inform next steps; content, timing, and format of  future meetings; and activities for action. (Word Version)

Peer Learning Community Planning Tool can assist Peer Learning Community members to plan future short-term and long-term activities and goals.  This information can be used by the PLC facilitatotor to identify meeting goals and resources needed to support PLC actions. (Word Version)

Peer Learning Community Guide delineates the steps to establish and sustain a peer learning community (PLC). It begins with a definition of a PLC and then presents the steps to take to establish a PLC. (July 2014)

The Preschool Program Quality Assurance System Discussion Guide is designed to facilitate policymakers’ review of their state’s Preschool Program Quality Assurance Systems (PPQAS). The discussion guide includes two frameworks to inform the critical analysis of the state’s current system. The first framework addresses common components of the system and the second framework considers the governance and functionality of the PPQAS. (September 2015)

Resources Developed by States and Selected Cities to Support Financing Preschool Programs identifies the tools, reports, and guidance developed by 32 states and 4 cities (Denver, San Antonio, Seattle, and New York City) to support financing of high quality preschool programs in local communities and districts. (June 2015)

State Financing Strategies for Early Care and Education Systems (Discussion Guide) is intended to help state policymakers make decisions about which financing strategies are needed to support early care and education (ECE) programs in their state. State and local investments are increasing in many states for early care and education programs, but in others, states are not investing sufficient dollars to ensure all children have access to high quality programs. A deep understanding of financing strategies and a willingness to engage in finance reform is necessary to ensure all children have access to high quality early care and education. (May 2015)

State Teacher Evaluation Systems: Fifty State Scan on Resources for Early Childhood Teachers provides a national view of how states include early childhood teachers in state educator evaluation systems. This scan was developed to follow up on the findings reported in CEELO’s policy report, How are Early Childhood Teachers Faring in State Teacher Evaluation Systems?, which analyzed 11 states’ early childhood teacher evaluation policy and practice in depth. (May 2015)