Comprehensive early childhood systems have the potential to integrate resources to promote the success of all young children. States vary in their ability to ensure all young children have access to high quality programs. Research indicates that good data, clear communication, and effective management systems are critical to the sustainability of effective early childhood systems. Technical expertise can build the capacity of SEA staff to work side-by-side with state partners to strengthen the early childhood system and achieve school readiness and school success goals for children.

Enhancing Early Learning in Rural States

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Date: May 2013

This presentation details how to prevent/minimize achievement gaps and shortfalls for children birth through third grade and offers guidance on how rural Chiefs can lead to improve early learning opportunities and outcomes. Tom Schultz gave this presentation at the Council of Chief State School Officers Building Capacity of Rural States Meeting.

Promoting a Culture of Inclusion for Birth-Third Grade Systems Within State and Local Education Agencies

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Date: May 2013

This presentation describes the current state of an institutional culture of inclusion, identifies real and perceived barriers to achieving and institutional culture of inclusion, develops potential strategies to infuse a viral culture of inclusion, and suggests action steps and recommendations for technical assistance providers to state education agencies, local education agencies, and programs. Jim Squires gave this presentation at the 2013 National Inclusion Institute.

Issues and Actions: Achieving Full Inclusion From Birth – Third Grade

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Date: May 2013

This presentation describes multiple issues impacting birth through third grade inclusion, provides clarity on alignment, continuity, and transitions as they pertain to inclusion, and suggests actions for influencing policy and practice for birth through third grade inclusive services. It concludes with resources available from national technical assistance centers and institutes. Jim Squires presented with Sharon Ritchie (UNC – Chapel Hill) and Beth Rouse (University of Kentucky) at the 2013 National Inclusion Institute.

State Early Learning Standards: Lessons from Applying Implementation Research

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Date: April 2013

This webinar provides an overview of New England and Islands Regional Education Laboratory (NEI-REL) and CEELO, highlights national trends and issues for consideration for implementation, shares best practices related to implementing statewide initiatives, and discusses implementing early learning and development standards in Connecticut.

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