R. Brandon Summary of Linkage Track, 3-11-05 Linkages: Across ECE programs [Breakout 1] ECE to social, health (physical, mental) services [Breakout 2] ECE financing to quality [Breakouts 10, 11]
Sessions reported: Innovative state actions, recent research findings, some burning issues
Knitzer: High priority for mental health linkages:
- high prevalence
- children’s emotional as well as cognitive development
- problems more with provider than child
- avoid “rush to the clinical”
- links to Parts B, C of IDEA
- Research similar interventions in health, MH
CT: EC Consultation Partnership [Mary Ann Dayton-Fitzgerald]
Relationships among all significant adults for child
Community-based programs for CWD
Team approach for families, providers,, staff; multiple entry points
Assessment pre, post: statewide data base. Utilized with legislators and other policy makes
Beginning randomized intervention outcomes study.
ECEfinancing to quality – QRS/Tiers, Data Systems
[Carolyn Drugge, Facilitator] Examined 3 state QRS/Tier systems
KY [Kim Townley]: voluntary [participation = 25% centers, 10% FCH]]
TN [Deborah Neill], OK [Judy Collins]: mandatory [full participation]
Seeing drop in ratings: real or tougher enforcement?
QRS Requires entire support system: assessment, professional development, regulation, parent ed. Continual nurture.
Research based rating criteria; evaluation of impact to learn, sustain support.
Impact of publishing results, centers protect reputation
Studied ECE subsidy and employment issues