Early-childhood systems building - Child & Family Policy Center

Early-childhood systems building

Early-childhood systems building is one of many important aspects of promoting the well-being of young children. In Iowa this involves:

  • Helping the state establish and expand early-childhood services 
  • Promoting standards that ensure quality, foster cross-agency coordination 
  • Creating governance structures to manage the process 

Early-childhood systems building includes early care and learning; family support; health, mental health and nutrition; and services for children with special needs.

CFPC is the national evaluation partner for the BUILD Initiative, a foundation-supported initiative that supports a seven-state learning community in developing comprehensive early-learning systems through public and private partnerships. CFPC tracks progress in each state using the BUILD Theory of Change framework to identify needs and opportunities, respond to feedback and improve results for children.

In Iowa, CFPC is a key partner in Early Childhood Iowa, an alliance of stakeholders supporting the development and integration of an early care, health and education system for the state's youngest children.

To read more of CFPC's work on early-childhood systems building, visit our publication archives.

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