This infographic summarizes key findings on children ages 3 through 5 years with disabilities in subsidized early learning and care in California. The data are from the Child Development Management Information System (CDMIS) from 2015 to 2019. Included in the analyses are children who participated in the California State Preschool Program, Alternative Payment, California State Preschool Full Day, California State Preschool Part Day, CalWORKS Stage 2, CalWORKS Stage 3, Family Child Care Home, General Child Care, General Migrant Care, Migrant Alternative Payment, and Severely Handicapped.
Data Snapshot 2: Preschoolers Receiving Special Education: California and National Data (School Years 2011-12 to 2019-20)
This infographic summarizes key findings on where children ages 3 through 5 years with disabilities in California received their received special education services. The data are from the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS) from school years 2011–12 to 2019–20.
Abstract What should you do when a large-scale disruption makes your evaluation impossible to implement as planned? Evaluators across the nation are facing this problem as a result of the extraordinary circumstances associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. However, disruptions can also occur due to hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires, floods, as well as more localized events like […]
SRI has partnered with the California Department of Education in a study funded through a CCPRP grant to identify strategies for increasing facilitators and decreasing barriers to the inclusion of preschoolers with disabilities in subsidized child care.
SRI Authors: Margaret Gillis, Mary Lee Porterfield, Melanie Chong Abstract SRI partnered with the Nevada Department of Education to strengthen and align standards related to learning and development for young children, early childhood program quality and workforce standards for professionals working with young children through Nevada’s Preschool Development Grant Birth-5. This document summarizes work and […]
The long-term goal of the State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP) and other federal and state early intervention and early childhood education initiatives is improved child and family outcomes. States play a critical role in supporting practitioners in the use of evidence-based practices to improve child and family outcomes. When practitioners implement evidence-based practices as intended (i.e., with fidelity), positive outcomes for children and/or families can be expected. Positive outcomes should not be expected when evidence-based practices are not implemented with fidelity. Therefore, it is essential for states and local programs to collect, analyze, and use data on the extent to which practitioners are implementing evidence-based practices as intended. Having high quality data on implementation, decision-makers can identify implementation successes and challenges and target valuable resources appropriately.
This tip sheet series provides concise guidance for collecting and analyzing high-quality data on the implementation of evidence-based practices. The content was designed for staff of state and local early intervention (IDEA Part C) and preschool programs for children with disabilities (IDEA Part B 619), but it is relevant for anyone evaluating the implementation of evidence-based practices. The tip sheets address topics that state personnel identified in webinars and workshops the DaSy and ECTA Centers offered in partnership with the National Center for Systemic Improvement and the IDEA Data Center. The tip sheets are not intended to be comprehensive; readers are encouraged to consult the resources listed in each tip sheet and to obtain support from federally funded technical assistance centers such as DaSy and ECTA, university partners, and others with evaluation expertise.
The Child Find Funnel Chart tool is an Excel template for displaying data about infants and toddlers at each step of the Part C process, from referral through exit, for a set of infants and toddlers referred within a specified time span. On the Enter Data worksheet, you enter data for the entire state, an entire local program, or one or more subgroups that will be used to create the funnel chart. The dashboard is used to generate one or more funnel charts, and offers the opportunity to select the data elements to be included in the chart.
State or local Part C programs may use this tool to generate a funnel chart like the one below that allows for easy visualization of the data.
The Child Find Self-Assessment (CFSA) is a valuable tool for State IDEA Part C programs seeking to improve their child find efforts. Developed by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) with support from the Center for IDEA Early Childhood Data Systems (DaSy) and the Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA), the CFSA can help states identify strategies to promote efficiency in their Part C child find systems, with the goal of ensuring children eligible for services are referred and enrolled. States can use the CFSA as a monitoring tool to ensure they have met the regulatory components of a comprehensive child find system, and as an informational tool to assist with identification and implementation of best practices for child find. The CFSA is voluntary and intended to support states in their child find efforts.
This brief provides guidance and examples for creating strong alignment between project evaluation plans and logic models. The project logic model graphically displays the project investments, planned activities, and expected results. It guides a project’s design and implementation and can provide the foundation for a strong evaluation plan. Whereas a theory of change or theory of action may depict complex relationships and confounding factors, the logic model generally provides a more linear, simpler depiction of the process of change expected. The evaluation plan is the blueprint for assessing how well the project components have been implemented and analyzing the extent to which project objectives and outcomes have been achieved. An evaluation plan that is aligned to your logic model will help you target evaluation resources and focus your energy.
For more specific information about developing a logic model or evaluation plan, see the CIPP resources listed at the end of this document. This document can be used in conjunction with those resources to ensure your logic model and evaluation plan are aligned, accurately reflect your project, and are of high quality.