New! The Imperative to Invest in Infants and Toddlers: Why and How

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Author(s): Lori Connors-Tadros
Date: December 2018

The Louisiana legislature charged the Early Childhood Care and Education Commission with making recommendations to build on the current early care and education (ECE) quality infrastructure. Lori provided commission members with information on how selected states have developed a sustainable financing plan for increasing access to quality ECE, particularly for infants and toddlers.

New! State Capacity for Improvement – Defining Highly Effective Offices of Early Learning

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Author(s): Lori Connors-Tadros, Jana Martella
Date: December 2018

State level leadership and organizational capacity is essential to leading sustained improvements in early learning opportunities and outcomes. This session at the Ounce of Prevention – Partnership for PreK Improvement (PPI) peer learning convening highlights the CEELO Vision paper and discusses organizational capacity, effectiveness, and leadership and staff capabilities necessary for states to lead improvement in the long-term.  Presenters also explore strategies and opportunities for advocacy that focus on creating the organizational capacity necessary to advance PPI’s work. You can also explore this work further on our project page on Highly Effective Offices of Early Learning.

Leadership at ALL Levels – Advancing the Field through Individual and Organizational Leadership

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Author(s): Jana Martella, Tracy Jost, Kafilat Oladiran
Date: October 2018

Leadership development is an on-going process and it involves complex skills and abilities related to establishing vision and direction, providing motivation and guidance, and promoting collaboration within and across agencies and programs. This 3-hour session explores toolkits and resources designed to support knowledge and skill development in individual leaders to enable them successfully build and sustain high quality systems that implement evidence-based practices.

A Look at Prekindergarten Across the Country

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Author(s): Lori Connors-Tadros, Karin Garver
Date: August 2018

CEELO and NIEER presenters provided information during this webinar to the National Council of State Legislatures Early Learning Fellows Program, highlighting how to design PreK programs for success, and craft policies to reach goals. The presentation focuses on costs and revenues, selected high-capacity states, and how to seize opportunities in ESSA, PDG and other resources. (August 2018)

Taking Leadership to a New Level: Helping Early Intervention Leaders Adapt to Change and Move Programs and Policies to Success for Young Children

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Author(s): Mary Beth Bruder, Lori Connors-Tadros, Jana Martella, Stacy Kong, Lisa Wasacz
Date: August 2018

This session held during the 2018 Improving Data – Improving Outcomes Summer Data Institute aimed at helping participants better understand the characteristics of a good leader and reflect on their own leadership skills. State experiences and resources were shared that support knowledge and skill development in individual leaders. (August 2018)

Taking Technical Assistance To A New Level: Helping Early Childhood Leaders Adapt To Change And Move Programs And Policies To Success For Young Children

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Date: June 2018

This presentation focuses on three essential characteristics of high performing early childhood efforts: individual and organizational capacity, organizational effectiveness and efficiency, and leadership and staff capabilities. CEELO’s Jana Martella and Diane Schilder presented at the 2018 NAEYC Professional Learning Institute in Austin, TX.

P-3 Opportunity in ESSA

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Date: February 2018

CEELO Co-Director Jana Martella presented key opportunities to support early childhood education within the new elementary and secondary education act at the New Jersey ASCD Early Learning Summit

Pre-k Effectiveness: Fade-Out, Fading or Catch-Up

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Author(s): CCSSO Chiefs’ Summit
Date: January 2018

Ellen Frede, Co-Director at NIEER, also addressed the chiefs’ summit drawing on research and critical state experiences concerning equity and high fidelity implementation of Pre-K in New Jersey.

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