Standards, Practices and Resources

How WELS Supports Cross-Sector Collaboration

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WELS supports Cross System Collaboration

Young children develop in the context of their families, other caregivers, and communities.  To promote healthy growth and development from birth to school age, successful early care and education programs must address the diverse needs of children, families, and communities. This typically requires partnership across multiple service systems, especially to meet the needs of children who face risks to their development. Effective collaboration draws on the strengths of partnering programs in the community to promote a seamless system of high quality early care and education services for children birth to age 5, linkages to necessary health and social services, and partnerships with families. New alliances always require relationship building. Often potential partners have to be willing to move out of their comfort zones to come to agreement.

Cross System Collaboration: A Fresh Look at Working Together

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From the National Center for Children in Poverty: Practices for Promoting Young Children’s Learning in QRIS Standards

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About half of statewide Quality Rating Improvement Systems (QRIS) refer to the state’s
Early Learning Guidelines (ELGs), most often in standards that require staff training
in how to implement ELGs or the use of a curriculum or learning activities aligned
with ELGs. This brief provides a further examination of the strength of supports
for children’s early learning in QRIS standards and an analysis of QRIS standards.

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