Children’s Services Council: Who We Are Children’s Services Council, a special district created by Palm Beach County voters in 1986, provides leadership, funding, evaluation, program and system development on behalf of the county’s children so they grow up healthy, safe, and strong.
CSC Guiding Principles Primary prevention and early intervention Targeting the earliest developmental stages Theoretical integrity Minimal sufficiency Data driven and evidence- based Continuous learning and improvement High return on investment
Building an Early Childhood System of Care Quality Child Care: Early Education Afterschool BRIDGES Healthy Beginnings Professional Development Program & System Performance Data Systems Education and Outreach
Palm Beach County’s QRIS Journey 1998, Quality Rating Improvement Systems (QRIS) considered best practice 2002, Palm Beach County pilot, 6 sites 2003, the system was named Quality Rating System, 40 sites 2006, Palm Beach County and 11 other counties in Florida, formed the Multi-County Collaborative to align the standards in Florida ◦System renamed Quality Counts (tri-county; Palm Beach County, Miami-Dade County, and Broward County.) 2014, Quality Counts had 210 sites serving approximately 11,000 children
Why a New System? New evidence & research Focus on child outcomes Return on investment (ROI) Feedback from national experts Feedback from stakeholders Most intentional high quality providers
Strong Minds Network
Strong Minds Vision and Mission Vision: Children will have quality early educational experiences that will increase their chances of achieving school success and becoming productive members of society Mission: To use research and data to increase the quality of early care and education programs through integrated supports and resources offered to the early learning community, children and their families. Goals: Children are ready for school To improve children’s learning and development To improve teacher-child interactions To improve parent engagement
Who’s Included Children: Birth-Five in Palm Beach County Practitioners: working with children Birth-Five in Palm Beach County Programs: publicly-funded ◦Includes: School Readiness, Early Head Start, Head Start ◦System Partners: Early Learning Coalition, Early Head Start/Head Start, Palm Beach State College, School District of Palm Beach County, Literacy Coalition, Family Central, The Children’s Forum, Healthy Beginnings, & Bridges
System Elements Pre-Entry/Eligibility/Annual RequirementsNavigation SupportRegistryValid and Reliable Child & Program AssessmentsTargeted Technical Assistance & Career AdvisingProfessional Development Opportunities (Formal, Informal, ACHIEVE, Scholarships)Tiered Reimbursement Supplement
Pre-Entry Criteria School Readiness Agreement or Head Start/Early Head Start Contract In good standing* with: SR Agreement VPK Agreement HS/EHS Contract Licensing *In good standing is defined as no quality assurance/compliance plan within the last 12 months No Class 1 and no more than two of the same Class 2 licensing violations in the past 12 months
Pre-Entry Criteria Agree to use GOLD Child Assessment System Gold Seal Accreditation within three years of achieving In-Network status All professional staff are active members of the Palm Beach County Early Childhood Registry
Application Online application will be available beginning March 2, 2015 at: Notification by within 15 days regarding status: Ineligible Assessment Pending
The Early Childhood Registry The Registry is a professional development approval system that has been created to support and promote quality assurance, formal and informal courses, and assure trainer content knowledge. The Registry helps track formal and informal education and provides a basis for planning future professional development.
Active Registry Membership Before applying to Strong Minds User Manual available at https://www.pbcregistry.org/index.php/forms Documents (Direct Care Program Registration User Manual) Register your site in the Registry system Make sure all current staff join the Registry Make sure the viewable list of staff along with career level, position title, and registry status is accurate and up to date Contact: Kimesha House or LaCandice James
Program Assessment Program Assessments for Strong Minds Preschool CLASS – classrooms with children 3-5 Infant Toddler Environment Rating Scale(ITERS-R)– classrooms with children 0-2 ½ Toddler CLASS – optional for classrooms with children 2 ½-3 Family Child Care Environment Rating Scale (FCCERS-R) – for Family Child Care Centers for more information
Program Assessment Program Assessment Protocol 50 % of preschool classrooms assessed 50% of infant / toddler classrooms assessed Classrooms randomly drawn by assessment staff prior to arrival at the site
Network Status In-Network Promising Emerging
In-Network Status Minimum Assessment Scores (Tier 1) Minimum Assessment Scores (Tier 2) Available Supports 4.0 on identified items of ITERS-R/FCCERS-R *CLASS Domains: 5.0 Emotional Support 4.0 Classroom Organization 1.5 Instructional Support * not applicable to FCCH 5.5 on identified items on ITERS-R or FCCERS-R *CLASS Domains: 6.5 Emotional Support 5.5 Classroom Organization 3.0 Instructional Support * not applicable to FCCH Targeted Technical Assistance Professional Development Career Advising ACHIEVE Salary Supplement Full access to SEEK Scholarship Tiered Reimbursement Supplements
Promising Status Minimum Assessment ScoresAvailable Supports on identified items of ITERS-R/FCCERS-R *CLASS Domains: Emotional Support Classroom Organization Instructional Support * not applicable to FCCH Limited targeted technical assistance Professional Development Career Advising ACHIEVE Salary Supplement SEEK Scholarship
Emerging Status Assessment ScoresAvailable Supports Less than a 3.5 on identified items of ITERS-R/FCCERS-R *CLASS Domains: Less than 4.5 on Emotional Support Less than 3.5 on Classroom Organization * not applicable to FCCH Limited targeted technical assistance Professional Development Career Advising SEEK Scholarship
Network Eligibility & Supports
TA Specialists provide technical assistance to programs with In- Network and Promising status in the following targeted areas: ◦Accreditation ◦Assessment and Documentation ◦Behavior Management / Special Needs ◦Curriculum, Planning and Instruction ◦Interactions TA supports can be offered on site, via phone, virtually, and in groups
Career Advising To provide individual professional development guidance and support to the Early Childhood Workforce of Palm Beach County Strong Minds Network programs are assigned a Career Advisor Appointment, extended hours, walk-in during business hours, on-site One on one, face to face, through technology and group settings Tutoring services
Professional Development Registry approved community based training Informal/non-credit courses College Credit Certificates AS Degree in Early Childhood Education Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education Master Degree in Early Childhood Education Early Childhood degrees at other institutions of Higher Education
SEEK Scholarships Available to staff* in licensed Early Childcare Sites GED Test Fee Translation/Evaluation of Foreign Higher Education degrees PBSC Test Fees (PERT, TABE, COMPASS) ECPC/FCCPC coursework ▪ Director Credential coursework Non-Credit Coursework (HEO) ▪Community Based Training Associate Degree in ECE (including Prep, General Education and Language course) Required books/materials for coursework *Specific Eligibility requirements must be met
SEEK Scholarships In addition the following are also available to Strong Minds programs (any status) Bachelor Degree in ECE Master’s Degree – up to 12 ECE Credits Handbook, Deadlines and Application Forms available at *Specific Eligibility requirements must be met
ACHIEVE Salary Supplements Available to staff*in Strong Minds sites- In-Network and Promising Status only *Specific Eligibility requirements must be met
What is Tiered Reimbursement? Strong Minds Tiered Reimbursement Supplement Program issues differential payments to programs that participate in the county’s voluntary quality child care network and meet In-Network Status. The purpose of the Tiered Reimbursement Supplement is to assist in offsetting the cost of quality for high performing programs.
Tiered Reimbursement Supplement Tier 1 (Daily reimbursement Rate) Tier 2 (Daily reimbursement Rate) High Needs Area6% ($1.74) 8% ($2.32) Not in High Needs Area (Publicly Funded) 6% ($1.74) 8% ($2.32) Not in High Needs Area (Private Pay) 4% ($1.16) 6% ($1.74) High Needs= High Poverty Zip Code & High Poverty Census Tract Area
GOLD Child Assessment System WHAT IS IT? - Teaching Strategies GOLD is an authentic and formative early childhood assessment tool. -TS GOLD requires early education practitioners to observe, document, and assess the demonstrated abilities of children from birth to Kindergarten across several areas of development. - It is designed to support a cycle of ongoing observation, documentation, assessment, planning, and reporting.
GOLD Child Assessment System What supports are available for the GOLD Program participants? GOLD Program – application available to programs with In-Network status at: GOLD Introductory Training and ongoing TA provided upon request by the Assessment Team at the ELCPBC. Additional supports offered by ELCPBC: Webinars, Newsletters, GOLD Provider Meetings, Video Tutorials, and Online Resources. Technology Support - Provided by NonProfits First Informal trainings at Palm Beach State College Ongoing TA provided upon request by Strong Minds Technical Assistance Specialists.
For More Information Please visit the website of the Children’s Services Council at: Information Session PowerPoint Presentation Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Strong Minds Network Provider Manual Please Contact Strong Minds Navigators at: