Getting Better at Getting Better with Technical Assistance
The Early Years Network supports high quality early care and education experiences for Mississippi’s children. As a one-stop shop, the network provides cohesive education, outreach, and services based on scientific research, established best practices, and practical, hands-on approaches across the state. To support the EYN’s one-stop shop model, WELS has become the centralized data system for all partners. An integral feature that provides partners a tool that enables a documentation method for their support efforts by areas of service and ability to identify primary and secondary activities, is the Activity Log. This feature permits the EYN staff access to the following tools: staff contact logs, notes on action plans, descriptions of upcoming visit plans, plan development for working with multiple sites, on-site training information, and the ability to run and review reports. Early Years Network Associate Director, Lydia Bethay, states “This level of involvement and capabilities for the sharing of information will make it so much easier for staff to access data, but also will be a great timesaver knowing that the information entered is already correct and ready to use instantly”
After a two year field test of their quality rating and improvement system, The
Department of Early Learning (DEL) received a generous grant from the Bill and Melinda
Gates Foundation to develop a QRIS data system that supported our goals of collecting
facility level assessment data but also allowed for comprehensive system analysis
by tracking and storing statewide QRIS data at all levels including coaching data,
quality improvement goals and milestones and incentive allocation. This was identified
as a crucial step toward statewide expansion and following a competitive bidding
process, DEL determined that WELS most closely met our needs and incredibly ambitious
DEL is in the first stages of collecting facility data at the local/regional level
and entering assessment data into the WELS system for Early Achievers, Washington
State’s QRIS . System partners across the state have received comprehensive training
and are beginning to use it in real time after months of development and testing.
Participants who have completed their Early Achievers Registration and have started
the process of working on subsequent activities are also interfacing with the system
for the first time as they begin working on their facility self-assessments. It
was a great benefit to have a data system that could be modified to meet the specific
needs of our program.
To learn more about Early Achievers, visit their website.