Finance

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010 | Author: Smart Start

Contents:

Policies and Procedures
Tools/Guidelines/Definitions
Plans/Principles
Resources

Policies and Procedures

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Tools/Guidelines/Definitions

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Plans/Principles

  • Fiscal Accountability Plan: January 13, 2005. Designed to strengthen fiscal controls, improve accountability, strengthen the oversight of Smart Start and ensure full and complete fiscal accountability for all Smart Start programs and funds. (North Carolina)
  • The North Carolina Partnership for Children, Inc. Smart Start Cost Principles : Revised July, 2007 (North Carolina)
  • Indirect Cost Rate Principles (Iowa)

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Resources

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Evaluation/Accountability

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010 | Author: Smart Start

Contents (click to jump to that section):

Systems Initiatives and Collaborations

Needs & Assets Assessments
Program/Cross-Program Evaluation

  • Reports
  • Resources
  • Tools

Hiring Evaluation Personnel
School Readiness
Additional Resources

Systems Initiatives and Collaborations

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Needs and Assets Assessments

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Program/Cross-Program Evaluation

 

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Hiring Evaluation Personnel

 

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School Readiness

 

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Additional Resources

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Collaboration

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010 | Author: Smart Start

Contents (click to jump to that section):

Assessment Tools
Family Involvement
Lessons Learned
Additional Resources

Assessment Tools

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Family Involvement

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Lessons Learned

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Standards

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010 | Author: Smart Start

Contents (click to jump to that section):

Program Standards

Early Learning Standards

Early Childhood Environmental Assessment

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Early Learning Standards

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Early Childhood Environmental Assessment

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Early Childhood Staff Assessment Instruments and Professional Standards

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General Resources

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Systems Development

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010 | Author: Smart Start

Contents (click to jump to that section):

Stages of Development
Models
Assessment & Evaluation
Lessons Learned
Strategic Planning
Additional Resources

Stages of Development

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Models

  • North Carolina’s Smart Start: A public-private partnership, The North Carolina Partnership for Children, Inc. supports a statewide, locally-administered, comprehensive approach to early care and education, family support and health services for children 0-5.
  • Iowa Community Empowerment: The state-sponsored early childhood initiative that is focused on 0-5, although not exclusively. The Iowa Empowerment Board is the governing body, and its members are appointed by the Governor and the Legislature. It is a partnership between communities (local empowerment areas) and state government for the purpose of creating an integrated and coordinated early care, health and education system.
  • Early Childhood Iowa: An alliance of stakeholders in early care, health and education systems that affect children 0-5 and whose purpose is to support the development and integration of early care, health and education system for Iowa. Community Empowerment serves as the infrastructure support for ECI, but is a partner among equals where leadership is shared.
  • Smart Start Colorado: The Early Childhood State Systems Team leads the development and implementation of the comprehensive early childhood system. The Director is housed in the Office of the Lt. Governor. Local and regional Early Childhood Councils operate in 30 counties are charged with the creation of a “seamless delivery system of early care and education services.”
  • South Carolina First Steps: A public-private partnership established to help prepare children to reach first grade healthy and ready to succeed and run by a Board of Trustees whose members are elected at county forums in collaboration with their legislative delegations. County Partnerships plan, coordinate and implement services.
  • Arizona’s First Things First : Oversight by a new state level board, the Arizona Early Childhood Development and Health Board whose members are appointed by the Governor. There are also Regional Partnership Councils responsible for assessment, planning, implementation and resource and partnership development. The goal is to improve developmental and early learning outcomes for young children ages birth to 5 by building a system to grow and sustain a coordinated network of early childhood programs and services. Funded by tobacco tax.
  • Hawaii’s Good Beginnings : A public-private partnership between the State and a private-non-profit corporation, Good Beginnings Alliance, created as a focal point for policy development, disbursement of funds and raising private funds. Are also county Community Councils and a state level Interdepartmental Council.
  • California’s First5: Funded by cigarette tax and operated by the California Children and Families Commission. Funds distributed through the state’s 58 counties all of which have their own local commissions.
  • Smart Start Oklahoma: a public-private partnership formed by two entities, the Oklahoma Partnership for School Readiness and its supporting foundation, the Oklahoma Partnership for School Readiness Foundation, to address critical issues surrounding healthy growth and development of young children. Local organizations serve 19 counties.

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Assessment & Evaluation

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Resources for Building State Systems

Thursday, May 06th, 2010 | Author: Smart Start

We have put together an extensive library of resources to assist communities in thinking about how to create early childhood systems. These resources are organized by the core elements needed to create an early childhood system.

Systems Development

Collaboration

Governance

Evaluation/Accountability

Standards

Monitoring

Finance

Public Awareness

Programming and Provider/Practitioner Support

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