New! Estimating State Administrative Costs for Washington’s Universal Pre-K Program

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CEELO is introducing a new tool to help calculate the costs of administration as part of the true cost of high-quality preschool.
The State Administrative Cost of Quality (SACQ) tool helps states generate data on the functions and costs of the State Infrastructure to Implement, Monitor and Sustain Quality of early childhood programs. The budget tool is organized around a continuum of state- and regional-level administrative capacities framework spanning policy/program development, forecasting and planning, provider recruitment, contracting, child enrollment, and workforce development. SACQ is an Excel-based model that can be integrated into the Cost of Preschool Quality & Revenue Calculator (CPQ&R) to help users determine costs and funding sources related to implementing high-quality preschool programs.

Determining Costs of Preschool Quality in Kentucky

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Date: May 2018

This document describes how Kentucky and the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence validated estimates that reflect the cost of providing preschool and child care across Kentucky at various levels of quality. The data collection methods, including use of the CPQ&R, and the cost findings are summarized.

Strategies to Improve Instructional Practice in Early Childhood Settings

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Date: April 2018

This document by Lori Connors-Tadros, Ph.D. Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes and Sarah Daily, Ph.D. Child Trends, Based on a state information request to review national research on best practices that have been shown to improve results on the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS), with a specific focus on research that impacts instruction and is applicable to teachers in school and community-based settings.

State Pre-K and Charter School: A Summary of State Policies

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Date: October 2017

This document delves into experiences from states that are operating pre-K classrooms in charter schools in order to inform stakeholder discussions and decision points as the state moves to sustain the Preschool Development Grant (PDG) programs currently operating in charter schools.

KEA Checkpoints for Observing and Assessing Kindergarten Children

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Date: August 2017

This summary offers responses from state contacts on the NAECS-SDE listserv, who were asked about their kindergarten entry assessment and checkpoint dates. Because kindergarten is such a formative time in a child’s education and life, it is imperative for teachers to have a good understanding of where individual children are in their development, as well as the class as a whole.

Qualifications of Kindergarten Teachers

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Date: November 2016

This listserv summary shares responses from state contacts on the NAECS-SDE listserv on requirements for Kindergarten teachers in twelve states. It includes a table that lists responses from states and describes the state’s requirements, along with links to specific state resources and tools are included where applicable.

State Pre-K Approved Curricula

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Date: May 2016

This listserv summary provides responses from state contacts on the NAECS-SDE listserv about state-approved curriculum models for pre-K programs in their state. The majority of respondents said the state did not provide an approved curricula list, though many provided some level of guidance around selection. Links to state resources are provided.

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