Early Impact: Quality Improvement Summit – Agenda

Nov 15-16, 2018 — Long Beach Hilton



To maximize learning opportunities, this program will use a plenary format, with tables organized by professional area.


Thursday, Nov. 15

9:00       Registration/Check In



10:00     Opening Session:  Managing for New Expectations of Data and Quality Improvement

The rules for early childhood programs are changing, demanding a shift from simple compliance to measuring outcomes and improving quality.  This requires a new way of managing, transforming the way we lead and establishing a culture that reaches beyond any data system. 

In this opening session, our panel will address the new leadership requirements for early childhood programs:  everything from the new rules to the organizational models and leadership roles.  We will draw on the field of improvement science and learn from the experts and program directors that are leading the way.

Meet Up —  During this session, you will also have an opportunity to meet colleagues in your professional content area, that are tackling these issues, and collectively identify key questions and challenges to be addressed throughout the summit.


11:45     Lunch Break (on your own)


1:00     Data Science with Flair: Strategies and Tools for Quality Improvement –  Stuart Jones

New federal standards are raising the bar for how to work with data.  Acorn Evaluation has been supporting Head Start programs nationally to develop new insights that drive continuous quality improvement.  Hear what their clients are finding:  ways of approaching data that are creating new insights, do-able strategies for assessing the validity of program data, and visualization tools that convey key information to staff.  Stuart will share experience with federal monitoring teams and leave you with inspiration, ideas, and resources.


  2:30     Averting Enrollment Shortfalls:  Using Predictive Analytics

Under-enrollment is one of the greatest fears and stressors for early childhood program leaders.  With some creative analysis and testing, however, data savvy programs can anticipate and mitigate enrollment hazards.  Learn how pro-active programs are improving their odds for success before school even starts, and then how you can apply the science of predictive analytics to tackle other program challenges as well.


  3:00     Break / Snacks


  3:30     Solution Showcase / Part One – Sometimes it’s easier to see a demo or hear first-hand from the creator of a new product or resource, than to just read about it.  The “Solution Showcase” will feature diverse, innovative early childhood data and quality improvement offerings.  Speakers have been vetted in advance and will present five minute executive summaries of their particular resource, and then circulate through tables of participants to field questions.

 5:00       Reception


Friday, Nov. 16

 8:00       Coffee

 8:30      Chronic Absence:  Case Study for Quality Improvement

              Presenter:  Hedy Chang, Executive Director of Attendance Works

Chronic absence is a critical metric and yet many programs don’t even track it (they think they can use average daily attendance instead).  In this session, learn how pro-active programs are parsing their attendance data, discovering new insights and applying a public health approach to improve child attendance, creating measurably stronger child outcomes.  They are also building their staff’s comfort with data and promoting an agency-wide culture for quality improvement.


 9:15       The Next Gen of Direct Assessment

New, interactive child assessments are creating opportunities for data savvy programs.  Learn how early childhood programs are using these electronic resources to ease burden on staff and strengthen their data.  What are the strengths and weaknesses, how programs are incorporating these into their existing assessment, and how will it impact teacher observation requirements?   A panel of experts and practitioners will explore competing measures and approaches.


10:00     Connecting the Dots:  Child and Family Data

Two of the biggest data silos for programs are child assessment and family information.  You know you need to connect that data, but successful analysis requires more than just correlation: it requires thoughtful questions, analysis and fine tuning your instruments.  CCR Analytics has been sorting and analyzing this data for the past several years, asking the hard questions about how family engagement impacts child development.   They will share what they’ve been learning.


10:30    Break

11:00     Solution Showcase / Part Two  — In this session, we round out the demos and introductions with eight additional mini-presentations on new products and services that support quality improvement in early childhood.  Speakers will each present a five minute executive summary of their particular resource and will then circulate through tables of participants to field questions.


12:30     Luncheon

                Closing Keynote:   Robert Maurer:  Human Behavior and Continuous Improvement

In his groundbreaking book, The Spirit of Kaizen, psychologist Robert Maurer connects principles of continuous quality improvement to behavioral science.  The Chairman of the Kaizen Institute has described Maurer’s approach as built on the “foundation of people courageously using their creativity…as a technique to remove fear from our mind’s mind, enabling us to take small steps to better things.”  In this closing address, Dr. Maurer will share new research and insights on strategies for enhancing personal health, performance at work and well-being. 


 2:00       Adjourn

The Vision

All children, regardless of their circumstance at birth, deserve a full and prosperous life.

The Mission

  • Support high-impact Head Start programs for children and adults by creating opportunities for collaboration, networking and information sharing.
  • Unite with state and national Head Start organizations to ensure regulatory and budget outcomes that support our work.
  • Champion the message that every child and family who succeeds makes their community a better place.
  • Provide resources to assist our members in compliance and professional development.

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