Year-end 2013 Update
Child-Parent Center Expansion focuses on helping their partners sustain the CPC model for the long-term, even after their federal grant ends. Working with their site at Sugar Creek Elementary, they developed a whole set of tools that other communities can use to sustain their own early learning programs. All tools are available on the CPC Learning and Sharing page download center, including an Asset Mapping Manual and Resource Assessment Tool, along with a case study on the sustainability planning happening at Sugar Creek.
Early Learning Challenge
Minnesota Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge plan includes multiple strategies for increasing access to high-quality early learning programs for the children who most need them. Strategies include early learning scholarships for eligible families, as well as incentives for school districts in the four ELC Transformation Zones to use their Title I dollars to support PreK. The impact of those strategies is being evaluated, and initial findings are now available. Results show scholarships are helping children previously in informal care to gain access to high quality early learning and development programs (White Earth). Title I incentives are helping smooth the transitions between early learning and Kindergarten (Itasca); providing more parent support and education (NAZ); as well as providing enhanced summer programming (Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood). Briefs on these results can be found on the ELC Learning and Sharing page download center.
Northside Achievement Zone
Northside Achievement Zone uses their seal of effectiveness process to develop solution plans for each of their program areas. These plans use local action teams and national experts to pull together “active ingredients” for each of the NAZ cradle to career program areas. The recently released Family Engagement Solution Plan provides evidence-based guidance for “Connectors” (i.e., anyone working to engage families in their children’s academic development). Active ingredients are highlighted in the following areas: organizational capacity/characteristics; training/supervision; essential work functions; informal observations with families; and communication/infrastructure. Completed solution plans are available for download on the NAZ Learning and Sharing page download center.