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State Agency Interdepartmental Early Learning and Development Team (SAIEL)
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SAIEL Purpose: To serve as the administrative governance structure between the Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services to ensure interagency coordination, streamline decision-making, allocate resources effectively, incorporate findings from the various demonstration projects statewide, and create long term sustainability for its early learning and development reform.
SAIEL Strategic Focus: Each agency manages programs and funds community or state level services to support young children and their families, but there are different and sometimes inconsistent policies, procedures, and structures that lead to inefficiencies, duplication, and rough transitions across programs as children age.
Governance: There is a need for consistent coordination across departments to allow efficiency and transparency in policy development and implementation.
- Regularly convene SAIEL Executive Committee (as MDOE and DHHS cross-agency working platform)
- Establish multiple communication lines with DHHS and DOE offices
- Seek coordination between various early childhood and agency-specific strategic plans
- Lead and support the resource mapping of the MCGC Sustainability Committee
- Function as a unified coordinating body with joint recommendations to Commissioners/Cabinet
High Quality Accountable Programs: There is a need for clear and consistant progressive standards of quality required across programs to ensure equitable opportunities for children.
- Establish strands in the Quality Rating Information System for PreK and Early Childhood Special Education
- Support Coordination of Head Start, Early Head Start, Public PreK, Child Care programmatic standards
- Support efforts to improve transitioning services for children and families
Promoting Early Learning and Development Outcomes: There is a need for consistent research informed child outcomes linked to an appropriate continuum based assessment framework.
- Complete revision of joint (interagency) Early Learning and Development Standards
- Develop Comprehensive Assessment Framework
- Develop protocol for coordinating early learning programming with receiving kindergarten programs
Great Early Childhood Workforce: There is a need for a cross systems state network for professional development that is based on research and evidence based practice that provides fidelity of consistent, quality training and technical assistance.
- Embed ELD Standards into Core Knowledge Training Program
- Encourage incorporating ELD Standards into Higher Ed degree programs
- Support workforce capacity to expand/improve family engagement and family understanding of child development
State Longitudinal Data Systems: There is a need for coordinated data collection and analysis to inform policy and practice.
- Develop DOE-DHHS MOU for Early Childhood Data Sharing
- Bring CDS into the SLDS
- Develop/refine the research questions to be answered by the REL-NEI project
- Examine status of the early childhood linkage pilots to track participation in Early Head Start, Head Start and Educare.
- Build on the results of the pilot to link with child care data