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Long-Range Goal #2: Early Childhood Data Systems

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 Long-Range Goal #2

The HSSCO will work collaboratively with state and local agencies to coordinate and align school readiness, data systems, and transition services to EHS, HS, and MSHS programs in order to prepare children for the public school and for life.

 

Objectives:

(Process Goals)

 

  • To work closely with the State Department of Education (SDE) and DHS/Division of Child Care in planning the annual School Readiness Summit in working with local teams across the state.
  • To work closely with the SDE and the ARC to work out a system for tracking children’s progress through the years until graduation from high school.
  • Coordinate with (ADE) LEAs and State-Funded Pre-K in planning for successful transitions in order to meet the needs of pre-school and Kindergarten children.
  • Revise and Disseminate the Kindergarten Readiness indicators checklist to all early childhood programs and parents in the state.
  • Work with EHS/Head Start programs in reviewing program assessment data to track children’s progress before going to Kindergarten.
  • Coordinate with partners to continue the work with Kindergarten and Pre-K teachers’ network
  • Build on the work completed in previous years to bring school readiness teams together to focus on data systems, school readiness, and transitions. 
  • Coordinate and assist with the implementation of the new Family Engagement Guide, Early Learning Standards, and the new Kindergarten Entry Screener.
  • Facilitate meetings between Arkansas Research Center, DHS/DCC, and the state Department of Education to work out a better system for getting data to the necessary parties and in a timely manner.
  • Examine data to support a plan to create a statewide assessment tracking system for Head Start programs.
 

Timeframes:

2016-2021

 

  • To work closely with the State Department of Education (SDE) and DHS/Division of Child Care in planning the annual School Readiness Summit in working with local teams across the state.

 

Ongoing

2018-2021

 

  • To work closely with the SDE and the ARC to work out a system for tracking children’s progress through the years until graduation from high school.

Working on

2016/Ongoing

 

  • Coordinate with (ADE) LEAs and State-Funded Pre-K in planning for successful transitions in order to meet the needs of pre-school and Kindergarten children.

Ongoing

2016/Ongoing

  • Revise and disseminate the Kindergarten Readiness Indicators Checklist to all early childhood programs and parents in the state.
 

2018-2021

 

  • Work with EHS/Head Start programs in reviewing program assessment data to track children’s progress before going to Kindergarten.

Working on

2015-2021

 

  • Coordinate with partners to continue the work with Kindergarten and Pre-K teachers’ network

Working on

2018-2021

 

  • Build on the work completed in previous years to bring school readiness teams together to focus on data systems, school readiness, and transitions. 

Ongoing

2017/0ngoing

 

  • Coordinate and assist with the implementation of the new Family Engagement Guide, Early Learning Standards, and the new Kindergarten Entry Screener.

Working on

2016-2021

 

  • Facilitate meetings between Arkansas Research Center, DHS/DCC, and the state Department of Education to work out a better system for getting data to the necessary parties and in a timely manner.

On Hold

2016-2021

 

  • Examine data to support a plan to create a statewide assessment tracking system for Head Start programs.

Working on

Short-term

 

a) Research data systems available to do this.

b) Examine cost

c) Develop a plan of action

 

Expected Outcomes

The expectations will be to have a statewide tracking system for ABC and Head Start Children in the SLDS.  We hope to add all early childhood children during the next grant period, if not sooner (10 years).

Head Start will have its own statewide assessment tracking system in place.

We would also like to include all early childhood programs (teams) and school districts to our School Readiness Summit, intentionally identifying the programs and organizations who are in most need.  We plan to turn our SR Summits into a statewide school readiness conference.   (Data Systems, SR, & Transitional Alignment).

 

Evidence

State Longitudinal Data System (SLDS) and Transition and School Readiness plans completed by all programs and school districts.

 

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