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1 EEC Annual Legislative Report February 12, 2013

2 2013 Context Legislative language requires EEC to report on Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK), Mental Health initiatives and the Workforce Development System Report seeks to provide an update on EECs five-year Strategic Plan and will frame this years accomplishments and future planned activities by the Boards Strategic Directions and Indicators of Success Interagency Partnerships with DCF, ESE, DHCD, DMH, DPH, DTA, ORI for cross- training, data sharing and screening and assessment

3 3 What EEC Must Report (at a Minimum) Progress in achieving goals and implementing programs authorized under M.G.L. c. 15D; Progress made towards universal early education and care for pre-school aged children; Progress made toward reducing expulsion rates through developmentally appropriate prevention and intervention services; Behavioral health indicators; Rules and regulations promulgated by the Board related to civil fines and sanctions, including the types of sanctions and the amount of the fines; and Findings and recommendations related to the study on the programmatic financing and phase-in options for the development and implementation of the Massachusetts universal pre- kindergarten program.

4 4 EEC System Components Standards, Assessment and Accountability Informed Families and Public Early Ed & Care and K- 12 Linkages Workforce & Professional Development RegulationsGovernanceFinance EEC Strategic Directions Quality Family Support, Access, and Affordability Workforce Communications Infrastructure EEC System Components and Strategic Directions: Legislative Report

5 5 Introduction FY13 Context Indicators of Success Strategic Directions Focused Strategic Directions MA Early Learning Plan Accomplished this year Plan to do next year Strategic Direction: Quality Accomplished this year Plan to do next year Strategic Direction: Workforce Accomplished this year Plan to do next year Strategic Direction: Family Accomplished this year Plan to do next year Strategic Direction: Communications Accomplished this year Plan to do next year Strategic Direction: Infrastructure Appendices Framework of Annual Report

6 EECs Core Areas of Focus EEC is focused on strengthening the system of early education and care in Massachusetts as a critical element of the education pipeline from cradle to career. The child outcomes that we are trying to achieve require investment in four critical areas: teacher quality, program quality, screening and assessment, and engagement of communities and families. The system EEC is building includes all children, not just those who are subsidized or in formal care. 6

7 FY2013 Context will include: Educator and Provider Support System Program Quality/QRIS Screening and Assessment Community and Family Engagement Access Challenges Interagency Partnerships Birth to 3 rd Grade Alignment Brain Building in Progress Campaign 7

8 Massachusetts Context The total population in Massachusetts from the 2010 Census was 6,547,629 Of the total population,1,517,090(23%) are children birth to age 18. There are 442,592 children(6.8%) birth through age 5 living in Massachusetts and close to one-third,135,000,are low-income. The National Center for Children in Poverty, reports that 135,000 children in MA experience at least one risk factor and 20,000 have three or more risk factors Research shows that children with risk factors are more vulnerable to encounter developmental delays and have school readiness gaps, and are most likely to benefit from high-quality early learning experiences. 8

9 Access to Child Care As of January 1, 2013, Massachusetts has 10,528 licensed early education programs across the state that include early education and care programs The total licensed capacity for these programs is 227,531 We are currently serving: Early Head Start and Head Start- 13, 355 EECs average caseloads are : DTA:16,556 Income Eligible:30,895 Supportive:5,748 There are nearly 30,000 children from birth to age five waiting for financial assistance to attend an early education program in Massachusetts 9

10 Strategic Direction: Quality Create and implement a system to improve and support quality statewide Accomplished This Year FY2012 On-line System for QRIS-QRIS Program Manager(QPM) As of January 2013, of the 10,528 total early education and care programs licensed by EEC, 4,757 programs (45%) have submitted 5,794 final applications to participate in QRIS, representing a 29% increase from FY2011 Verification of Programs 4,291 QRIS applications have been processed through an automatic verification process. An additional 640 programs have been verified through a full review by EEC of the programs documentation. 29 program visits, representing 111 classroom observations, received an independent observation visit, for the second level of validation This year, there will be 164 program visits, which will cover 582 classrooms. To date 7 program visits, representing, 28 classrooms have been completed. Create and implement a system to improve and support quality statewide Accomplished This Year FY2012 On-line System for QRIS-QRIS Program Manager(QPM) As of January 2013, of the 10,528 total early education and care programs licensed by EEC, 4,757 programs (45%) have submitted 5,794 final applications to participate in QRIS, representing a 29% increase from FY2011 Verification of Programs 4,291 QRIS applications have been processed through an automatic verification process. An additional 640 programs have been verified through a full review by EEC of the programs documentation. 29 program visits, representing 111 classroom observations, received an independent observation visit, for the second level of validation This year, there will be 164 program visits, which will cover 582 classrooms. To date 7 program visits, representing, 28 classrooms have been completed. 10

11 Strategic Direction: Quality Accomplished This Year Implementation of FY2012 QRIS Program Improvement Grants 376 applications were submitted The state awarded 307 grants, with priority to those serving high need children The following programs and regions received: Family Child Care- 124, Center and Group-Based- 122 and After School and Out of School - 61 Region 1 -37 Region 2 -50 Region 3 -64 Region 4 -28 Region 5 -56 Region 6 -72 Accomplished This Year Implementation of FY2012 QRIS Program Improvement Grants 376 applications were submitted The state awarded 307 grants, with priority to those serving high need children The following programs and regions received: Family Child Care- 124, Center and Group-Based- 122 and After School and Out of School - 61 Region 1 -37 Region 2 -50 Region 3 -64 Region 4 -28 Region 5 -56 Region 6 -72 11

12 Accomplished This Year Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK)-currently 227 UPK programs, 442 UPK classrooms, serving 1,953 high- needs children, including 80 new expansion classrooms serving 342 high-needs children Center for Assessment and Screening Excellence (CASE)- provided training on assessment, screening and observation to 2,111 educators and 419 programs received assessment, screening and observation tools Massachusetts Kindergarten Entry Assessment (MKEA) – during the implementation, 809 teachers and administrators were trained in the formative assessment tools 12 Strategic Direction: Quality

13 Planned for Next Year QRIS Validation Study After implementation of the Spring 2013 pilot, the full Validation study will begin in the Fall 2013. This study will validate the tiered QRIS, ensuring program quality matches assigned tiers and leads to improved child outcomes. Massachusetts Alignment Study Plan EEC and ESE will host strategic planning sessions on the strategy for alignment of the standards between birth and Kindergarten; An additional report on the alignment between the evidenced based formative assessment tools supported by the state and the current early learning standards Preschool Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Learning Standards and Guidelines Adopt early learning Science, technology and engineering standards Planned for Next Year QRIS Validation Study After implementation of the Spring 2013 pilot, the full Validation study will begin in the Fall 2013. This study will validate the tiered QRIS, ensuring program quality matches assigned tiers and leads to improved child outcomes. Massachusetts Alignment Study Plan EEC and ESE will host strategic planning sessions on the strategy for alignment of the standards between birth and Kindergarten; An additional report on the alignment between the evidenced based formative assessment tools supported by the state and the current early learning standards Preschool Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Learning Standards and Guidelines Adopt early learning Science, technology and engineering standards 13

14 Strategic Direction: Workforce Create a workforce system that maintains worker diversity and provides resources, supports, expectations, and core competencies that lead to the outcomes we want for children Accomplished This Year Early Educator Scholarship Program: 2,300 educators applied and of the 1,529 OFSA approved applicants, EEC awarded 1,190 scholarships. Professional Qualifications Registry: 67,531 educator records have been added to the Registry. Educator and Provider Support- Professional Development Course Catalogue offered 300 credit- bearing opportunities. Coaching and Mentoring: 3,846 educators received coaching and mentoring support services. Educator Certifications- 6,395 applications with a total of 5,063 (79%) applications processed Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) trainings and summit were offered. Create a workforce system that maintains worker diversity and provides resources, supports, expectations, and core competencies that lead to the outcomes we want for children Accomplished This Year Early Educator Scholarship Program: 2,300 educators applied and of the 1,529 OFSA approved applicants, EEC awarded 1,190 scholarships. Professional Qualifications Registry: 67,531 educator records have been added to the Registry. Educator and Provider Support- Professional Development Course Catalogue offered 300 credit- bearing opportunities. Coaching and Mentoring: 3,846 educators received coaching and mentoring support services. Educator Certifications- 6,395 applications with a total of 5,063 (79%) applications processed Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) trainings and summit were offered. 14

15 Strategic Direction: Workforce Create a workforce system that maintains worker diversity and provides resources, supports, expectations, and core competencies that lead to the outcomes we want for children Planned for Next Year 2012-2013 Early Educators Fellowship Institute- statewide initiative that includes public school and early childhood programs, has accepted 17 teams comprising 158 applicants Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)- will receive feedback from the field as draft preschool science standards and guidelines are developed. WGBH Media-based Literacy Support for Educators- creating curriculum units and professional development videos for educators Create a workforce system that maintains worker diversity and provides resources, supports, expectations, and core competencies that lead to the outcomes we want for children Planned for Next Year 2012-2013 Early Educators Fellowship Institute- statewide initiative that includes public school and early childhood programs, has accepted 17 teams comprising 158 applicants Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)- will receive feedback from the field as draft preschool science standards and guidelines are developed. WGBH Media-based Literacy Support for Educators- creating curriculum units and professional development videos for educators 15

16 Strategic Direction: Family Increase and promote family support, access and affordability Accomplished This Year Coordinated Family and Community Engagement (CFCE)- 24 grantees received evidence-based Literacy grants Quality Family Child Care Guides- 10 guides printed and distributed in several languages Early Childhood Resource Centers (ECRC)- ECRCs offered 613 presentations to providers and parents. Improved Access to Care- Online Income Eligible Waiting List- over 22,491 children entered the online waitlist for the first time Reach Out and Read- 272 hospitals and clinics in MA that are participating in early literacy initiative, serving 200,399 children and families. 16

17 Strategic Direction: Family Increase and promote family support, access and affordability Planned for Next Year Museums and Libraries Project- will continue to provide opportunities through intentional family engagement activities WGBH Media-based Literacy Support for Families and Educators- creating videos and activities for parents on early literacy, STEM and ELA Support for Immigrant and Refugee Families- the Office of Refugee and Immigrants(ORI) will conduct 5-10 community presentations and 5 regional trainings. 17

18 Accomplished This Year Deliverables provided by the CFCE networks: Referrals - Number of Families 114,393 Referrals - Number of Children these families represent 151,564 Enhanced Referrals - Number of Children these referrals represent 27,338 Parent Education Opportunities - Number of Children represented by participants 69,120 Family Literacy Opportunities - Number of Children represented by participants 111,479 Received Information about Kindergarten Registration - Number of children these families represented 119,064 Non-Kindergarten Transition Supports - Number of children these families represented 98,525 Parent/Child Playgroups - Number of children 107,766 Number of Programs that received referrals to comprehensive services 20,074 18 Strategic Direction: Family

19 Strategic Direction: Communications Create and implement an external and internal communications strategy that advocates fro and conveys the value of early education and care to all stakeholders and the general public Accomplished This Year Brain Building in Progress Public Awareness Campaign- Expanded awareness among new constituencies, including 3 events on Beacon Hill Communication with State and Local Leaders- EEC Commissioner and staff held regular meetings across the state to keep stakeholders informed of EECs work Work of the EEC Advisory Council- 6 expertise subcommittee groups were combined to allow for discussion across groups 19

20 Strategic Direction: Communications Create and implement an external and internal communications strategy that advocates fro and conveys the value of early education and care to all stakeholders and the general public Planned for Next Year Brain Building in Progress Public Awareness Campaign- next phase of messaging supports EECs system building efforts including QRIS and Family and Community Engagement Networks WGBH Media-Based Literacy Support for Families and Educators- production of a digital hub, a free, online platform for educators and parents to be launched in April 2013 20

21 Strategic Direction: Infrastructure Build the internal infrastructure to support achieving the vision Accomplished This Year Data Visualizations-Web-based Analysis and Visualization Environment (WEAVE) for key MA demographics was launched in January 2013 State Agency Partnerships with 11 agencies Statewide Unique Identifier assignment (SASID)-data quality auditing visits reviewed 2,506 child records and 79% could be assigned a SASID 21

22 Strategic Direction: Infrastructure Build the internal infrastructure to support achieving the vision Planned for Next Year Data Visualizations-(WEAVE) make all web images adaptable, ADA compliant and customizable by June 2013 Engaging the Private Sector- continued engagement of key supporters include WGBH, Boston Childrens Museum, IBM, United Way of Mass Bay & Merrimac Valley Birth to School Readiness: Massachusetts Early Learning Plan includes specific projects in direct community or statewide infrastructure investments 22

23 Key Initiatives Advanced in FY2013 Highlights of the FY2012-2013 initiatives that advanced the work of EEC include: QRIS Quality Improvement Grants Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) Reform Redefining Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) Birth to Grade Three Alignment Social/Emotional, Language and Literacy Development ASQ – Access to Children Beyond Formal Child Care Settings Alignment of Quality with a Rate Reform Initiative Availability of On-line Resources Interagency Work 23

24 24 Timeline: 2013 January 8, 2013EEC Board Meeting Discussion January 24, 2013EEC Board Planning and Evaluation Committee Meeting – update February 5, 2013Send draft of the near final report to the Governors Office and Planning and Evaluation Committee for review February 12, 2013EEC Board Meeting – Vote February 15, 2013Report Due to the Governors Office


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