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Quality Improvement Network

Analytics, Benchmarking, Expert Faculty

Drive Continuous Improvement in Your Program

As a Head Start leader, you appreciate the challenge of using data to drive stronger outcomes. It’s not enough to attend a training or hire a data expert. It requires a team that can produce effective analysis, access the right experts and sustain a strategy with coaching and support along the way.

That’s why we’ve created the Q.I. Network. The Network integrates data analytics into a learning community experience with dashboards, expert faculty and coaching to sustain continuous quality improvement. We provide the support you need to shift the culture and practices in your program, wow federal reviewers and achieve strong outcomes for children and families.

Drive continuous improvement in your Head Start program

The Network combines several powerful resources

that have never previously been offered together

Data Analytics

New, affordable dashboards with visualizations that enable Head Start programs to more easily absorb and use data.  A data warehouse cuts across silos and supports robust analysis.  

Benchmarking

Confidential benchmark reports enable comparisons across programs that have never previously been available, to identify bright spots and support learning.

Training & Coaching

An expert resource team advises participants on quality strategies informed by experience.  This is complemented by content area facilitators.

Learning Community

Participants in the Network enjoy the support of colleagues going through the quality journey together.  Participants will compare what works and learn from high performing peers.

How It Works

Historically, the cost of data analytics has been out of reach for most early childhood programs.  However, by organizing programs together in a Network we are able to create a new economy, making both the analytics and expert faculty affordable, to enable programs to understand and effectively act on their data.  Additionally, facilitators in specific content areas help mine nuggets from benchmark reports, so that everyone learns from the high performers and so that cohort members can support one another on the journey. The Network is designed for leadership teams with each team including a program director and up to four additional managers at each session.

Programs commit to participate in a regional cohort on an annual basis, to share data and meet face to face three times during a 12 month period.  Each in-person session runs one and a half days and includes expert analysis of your data with national quality trainers and facilitated breakout sessions by content area.  In addition to the face-to-face sessions, programs receive individualized coaching and content managers are supported through implementation focused communities of practice.

The Q.I. Network is managed by Early Intel and the program is overseen by an advisory council composed of representatives from the participating programs.  Regional cohorts co-sponsored by state and regional Head Start Associations.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Getting the right analytics is essential, but it’s only the start — what you do with them will determine progress.

Analytics & Curriculum

In partnership with CCR Analytics, we have created a data warehouse and dashboard that integrate the most crucial data sets used by Head Start programs:  

  • Child Development Assessments: DRDP and TS Gold
  • CLASS Reviews
  • Attendance & Chronic Absence
  • Family Assessment and Outcomes

Participating programs upload their data in advance of each session, which our team of data experts feed into dashboards, analyze and produce benchmark reports for use in the sessions.  We pull data from a variety of sources and use a data warehouse to link across different content areas.

Initial curriculum will address a range of issues including monitoring systems, teaching quality, leveraging child assessments, attendance, behavior management, special needs, family engagement, etc. The exact content is dynamic and is informed by the interests of Network members and findings from the ongoing data analysis.

Expectations of Participants

The success of the Network depends on the members. Joining the Q.I. Network represents a commitment to actively participate and apply the learning in one’s own program. The following are delineated in our application:

  • While programs may alternate some of their staff from session to session, they commit to at least two program leaders participating consistently in all three sessions.
  • Participants read assigned articles to prepare for face to face sessions.
  • Programs will upload identified data 30 days in advance of scheduled sessions (our data partners are available to assist your staff in this process).
  • Programs commit to implementing a quality improvement initiative during the year and be willing to share your experience with other participants.
  • Optional: Participate in coaching calls between sessions, communities of practice, and online resource sharing.

Pricing & Payment

Very Small Programs
$15,000
  • fewer than 100 children
Small Programs
$18,000
  • 100 — 300 children
Medium Programs
$21,000
  • 300 – 599 children
Large Programs
$24,000
  • 600 – 2,000 children
Very Large
$27,000
  • more than 2,000 children

Upon acceptance, programs pay a $2,000 deposit to reserve their place and two additional installment payments over the year.

  Discount —  Accepted cohort programs qualify for a 10% discount if they pay their subscription in full, when their deposit payment is due.

Delegates —  Grantees with delegate agencies will be treated as a single program, if delegates are using the same data definitions and if  data is compiled into a single, consistent data set (additional cost for extra participants and/or additional security layer requirements).

Interested?

Program applications are being accepted on a rolling basis, for our next Western States and Mid-Atlantic cohorts.  Click below to apply.  If you have questions or would like to explore other regional cohorts, contact rick@earlyintel.com.