We recently released an updated version of Enhancing the Visibility of Early Learning in School Districts toolkit. The toolkit was initially developed in response to the 2021 DIAL EE report, A Survey of ECE Visibility and Alignment in California School Districts. In April 2022, it was updated to include results of the recent Early Education Visibility in California School Districts Report. The toolkit is meant to help increase the visibility of early learning within their districts.
The Center for District Innovation and Leadership in Early Education (DIAL EE) is situated within Cultivate Learning located at the University of Washington.
Since district early learning programs are unique in that they serve primarily low-income families there is the opportunity to design around a system focused on meeting the needs of the most vulnerable and ensures that children from communities with less social, political and monetary capital build a strong educational system. DIAL EE’s work is informed by a group of early education leaders to ground it in the realities, interests, and priorities of those responsible for early education within their districts. DIAL EE’s frameworks are focused on:
Diversity, equity and inclusion
Early education strategy within local education authority setting
DIAL EE is currently partnered with a diverse set of California school districts to explore effective practices and policy in governance and leadership, budgeting, workforce development and continuous improvement for Preschool to 3rd grade. Embedded in this work is a focus on equity–for children, families, and the workforce. DIAL EE has two sets of strategies to achieve its goals:
Understand local education authority context and current state e.g. governance model, leadership formal training
K-12 professional administrative organizations
Synthesize incoming information from Governor, Legislature, State Departments such as DSS, CDE and department initiatives