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A Count for Quality: Child Care Directors on Rating and Improvement Systems

For this report, the National Women's Law Center and the Center for Law and Social Policy interviewed 48 child care center directors from nine states about their experiences with QRIS, getting perspectives on what works and what can be improved.

Thursday, February 23, 2012
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Anyone who runs a child care program is more and more likely to be subject to a Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS), which more and more states are using to assess and improve the quality of child care programs. How do those systems work?

Gap. Inc.: This Way Ahead

Tuesday, October 16, 2012
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Corporate Voices for Working Families has published a set of case studies that shows how career training for low-income young adults can pay off for businesses. One example: Gap Inc.'s This Way Ahead initiative, which provides low-income young people with opportunities for skill development and career exploration. Read the two-page case study. Corporate Voices is a Ready by 21 National Partner.

Ten Steps in the Right Direction: How Feds Can Strengthen Public Education

Tuesday, October 16, 2012
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How can the federal government improve public education? In this 10-point list, Dan Domenech, executive director of the American Association of School Administrators, calls for funding to address non-school barriers to student achievement, giving localities flexibility in how to achieve goals and providing funds based on poverty data.
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National League of Cities Education Alignment for Young Children Case Studies

Yet the benefits of a high-quality early education can dissipate if these programs are not designed to meet criteria or standards for school readiness within the public schools or if the child transitions into an elementary school that does not adequately support their development.” This report covers five case studies who are working to create a seamless educational pipeline for the 0-8 age group.

Monday, April 2, 2012
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According to the introduction of this report, “Early childhood investments are the starting place for a high-quality, aligned system of pre-K-16 education, providing the necessary skills to allow all children to succeed throughout their schooling.
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The Family Engagement for High School Success Toolkit: Planning and implementing an initiative to support the pathway to graduation for at-risk students

The Family Engagement for High School Success Toolkit - created by United Way Worldwide (a Ready by 21 National Partner), AT&T and Harvard Family Research Project - can help nonprofits develop strong parent-school-community partnerships and provide networks of support to keep students on the path to high school graduation. The toolkit is available here.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011
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There's a new toolkit to help schools, educators, community organizations and PTAs develop and execute effective strategies to engage families in helping at-risk high school students get back on track.

BUILDING CITYWIDE SYSTEMS FOR QUALITY: A Guide and Case Studies for Afterschool Leaders

The guide can help those working to create better, more coordinated afterschool programming start building a QIS, or further develop existing efforts. It describes what constitutes an effective QIS and the tasks involved in building one, and includes examples and resources from communities whose work is blazing a trail for others.

Thursday, October 10, 2013
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While an increasing number of afterschool providers have made quality improvement a priority, addressing quality in a systemic way is complicated: It requires research, planning, building consensus, developing resources, managing new processes and sometimes redefining old relationships. Building Citywide Systems for Quality is a how-to guide designed to support the development of quality improvement systems (QIS) in afterschool settings.