2 Children’s Services Council AGENDAWelcomeIntroductionsPresentation:Children’s Services CouncilStrong Minds NetworkQuestions
3 Children’s Services Council: Who We Are Children’s Services Council, a special district created byPalm Beach County voters in 1986, provides leadership,funding, evaluation, program and systemdevelopment on behalf of the county’s childrenso they grow up healthy, safe, and strong.
4 CSC Guiding Principles Primary prevention and early interventionTargeting the earliest developmental stagesTheoretical integrityMinimal sufficiencyData driven and evidence-basedContinuous learning and improvementHigh return on investmentDM
5 Building an Early Childhood System of Care Education and OutreachHealthy BeginningsQuality Child Care:Early EducationAfterschoolBridgesProfessional DevelopmentProgram & System PerformanceData Systems
6 Palm Beach County’s QRIS Journey 1998, Quality Rating Improvement Systems (QRIS) considered best practice2002, Palm Beach County pilot, 6 sites2003, the system was named Quality Rating System, 40 sites2006, Palm Beach County and 11 other counties in Florida, formed the Multi-County Collaborative to align the standards in FloridaSystem 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
7 Why a New System? New evidence & research Focus on child outcomes Return on investment (ROI)Feedback from national expertsFeedback from stakeholdersMost intentional high quality providers
9 Strong Minds Vision and Mission Children will have quality early educational experiences that will increase their chances of achieving school success and becoming productive members of societyMission: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 schoolTo improve children’s learning and developmentTo improve teacher-child interactionsTo improve parent engagement
10 Who’s Included Children: Birth-Five in Palm Beach County Practitioners: working with children Birth-Five in Palm Beach CountyPrograms: publicly-fundedIncludes: School Readiness, Early Head Start, Head StartSystem 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
11 System Elements Pre-Entry/Eligibility/Annual Requirements Navigation SupportRegistryValid and Reliable Child & Program AssessmentsTargeted Technical Assistance & Career AdvisingProfessional Development Opportunities (Formal, Informal, ACHIEVE, Scholarships)Tiered Reimbursement Supplement
12 Pre-Entry CriteriaSchool Readiness Agreement or Head Start/Early Head Start ContractIn good standing* with: SR AgreementVPK AgreementHS/EHS ContractLicensing*In good standing is defined as no quality assurance/compliance plan within the last 12 monthsNo Class 1 and no more than two of the same Class 2 licensing violations in the past 12 months
13 Pre-Entry Criteria Agree to use GOLD Child Assessment System Gold Seal Accreditation within three years of achieving In-Network statusAll professional staff are active members of the Palm Beach County Early Childhood Registry
14 ApplicationOnline application will be available beginning March 2, 2015 at:Notification by within 15 days regarding status:IneligibleAssessment Pending
15 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.
16 Active Registry Membership Before applying to Strong MindsUser Manual available atDocuments (Direct Care Program Registration User Manual)Register your site in the Registry systemMake sure all current staff join the RegistryMake sure the viewable list of staff along with career level, position title, and registry status is accurate and up to dateContact: Kimesha House or LaCandice James
18 Program Assessment Program Assessments for Strong Minds Preschool CLASS – classrooms with children 3-5Infant Toddler Environment Rating Scale(ITERS-R)– classrooms with children 0-2 ½Toddler CLASS – optional for classrooms with children 2 ½-3Family Child Care Environment Rating Scale (FCCERS-R) – for Family Child Care Centersfor more information
19 Program Assessment Program Assessment Protocol 50 % of preschool classrooms assessed50% of infant / toddler classrooms assessedClassrooms randomly drawn by assessment staff prior to arrival at the site
21 Minimum Assessment Scores In-Network StatusMinimum Assessment Scores(Tier 1)(Tier 2)Available Supports4.0 on identified items of ITERS-R/FCCERS-R*CLASS Domains:5.0 Emotional Support4.0 Classroom Organization1.5 Instructional Support *not applicable to FCCH5.5 on identified items on ITERS-R or FCCERS-R6.5 Emotional Support5.5 Classroom Organization3.0 Instructional Support*not applicable to FCCHTargeted Technical AssistanceProfessional DevelopmentCareer AdvisingACHIEVE Salary SupplementFull access to SEEK ScholarshipTiered Reimbursement Supplements
22 Minimum Assessment Scores Promising StatusMinimum Assessment ScoresAvailable Supportson identified items of ITERS-R/FCCERS-R*CLASS Domains:Emotional SupportClassroom OrganizationInstructional Support *not applicable to FCCHLimited targeted technical assistanceProfessional DevelopmentCareer AdvisingACHIEVE Salary SupplementSEEK Scholarship
23 Emerging Status Assessment Scores Available Supports Less than a 3.5 on identified items of ITERS-R/FCCERS-R*CLASS Domains:Less than 4.5 on Emotional SupportLess than 3.5 on Classroom Organization*not applicable to FCCH Limited targeted technical assistanceProfessional DevelopmentCareer AdvisingSEEK Scholarship
26 Technical AssistanceTA Specialists provide technical assistance to programs with In- Network and Promising status in the following targeted areas:AccreditationAssessment and DocumentationBehavior Management / Special NeedsCurriculum, Planning and InstructionInteractionsTA supports can be offered on site, via phone, virtually, and in groups
27 Career AdvisingTo provide individual professional development guidance and support to the Early Childhood Workforce of Palm Beach CountyStrong Minds Network programs are assigned a Career AdvisorAppointment, extended hours, walk-in during business hours, on-siteOne on one, face to face, through technology and group settingsTutoring services
28 Professional Development Registry approved community based trainingInformal/non-credit coursesCollege Credit CertificatesAS Degree in Early Childhood EducationBachelors Degree in Early Childhood EducationMaster Degree in Early Childhood EducationEarly Childhood degrees at other institutions of Higher Education
29 SEEK Scholarships *Specific Eligibility requirements must be met Available to staff* in licensed Early Childcare SitesGED Test FeeTranslation/Evaluation of Foreign Higher Education degreesPBSC Test Fees (PERT, TABE, COMPASS)ECPC/FCCPC coursework ▪ Director Credential courseworkNon-Credit Coursework (HEO) ▪Community Based TrainingAssociate Degree in ECE(including Prep, General Education and Language course)Required books/materials for coursework*Specific Eligibility requirements must be met
30 SEEK ScholarshipsIn addition the following are also available to Strong Minds programs (any status)Bachelor Degree in ECEMaster’s Degree – up to 12 ECE CreditsHandbook, Deadlines and Application Forms available at*Specific Eligibility requirements must be met
31 ACHIEVE Salary Supplements Available to staff*in Strong Minds sites-In-Network and Promising Status only*Specific Eligibilityrequirements must be met
32 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.
33 Tiered Reimbursement Supplement (Daily reimbursement Rate)Tier 2High Needs Area6%($1.74)8%($2.32)Not in High Needs Area (Publicly Funded)Not in High Needs Area (Private Pay)4%($1.16)High Needs= High Poverty Zip Code & High Poverty Census Tract Area
34 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.
35 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 FirstInformal trainings at Palm Beach State CollegeOngoing TA provided upon request by Strong Minds Technical Assistance Specialists.
36 For More InformationPlease 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: