This tool is intended to help state leaders planning a Federal Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) application do so within the framework of building a comprehensive early childhood system. The Early Childhood Systems Working Group (ECSWG) urges state leaders to use this opportunity to engage early learning and development, health, and family leadership and support sectors1 in the planning, implementation, and continuous improvement of their state early childhood system. Earlier this year, the ECSWG released a revised graphic to assist state leaders building comprehensive early childhood systems. The graphic includes values and principles that can serve as critical guideposts to center state leaders’ decisions and assess the extent to which the state system is doing what it intends for children and families. (See the Resources section, Systems Integration, for a companion resource - a compendium of articles, briefs and references compiled by the Early Childhood Systems Working Group and organized to align with the ELC application.)
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Listen to a brief (8 minute) recording that outlines how states may use the comprehensive systems tool in their RTT-ELC application preparation.