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BUILD staff members leads a discussion on education and equity at the national meeting on equity in early childhoodBUILD hosts events and activities throughout the year to support a national learning community focused on early childhood systems building. 

We offer webinars; learning tables; state, regional and national meetings; and peer-to-peer learning opportunities. On this page, you can access resources presented at BUILD events and find the latest thinking on a wide range of systems building topics.

Additional webinars and learning tables more specific to early learning system development and QRIS can be found on the QRIS National Learning Network.

View a  comprehensive Early Childhood System-Building Technical Assistance Calendar.


May-October 2018 CCDBG Webinar Series

The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) funding represents an enormous opportunity to improve access to and quality of child care for infants, toddlers, their families, and the teachers and programs that work with them. With funding from the Pritzker Children’s Initiative, a project of the JB and MK Pritzker Family Foundation, the BUILD Initiative organized  a series of webinars and blogs in partnership with ZERO TO THREE and the Center for Law and Social Policy for state policy leaders, decision makers and advocates. More information.

February 8, 2018 Webinar: Harnessing Opportunity for Positive, Equitable Early Childhood Development (HOPE)

The Harnessing Opportunity for Positive, Equitable Early Childhood Development (HOPE) Consortium is designed to generate real progress toward equitable outcomes for young children (prenatal to age five) and their families by building the capacity of local communities, state leaders, cross-sector state teams, and local coalitions to prevent social adversities in early childhood and promote child wellbeing.  The HOPE Consortium includes BMC Vital Village Network, BUILD Initiative, and Nemours and is supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). HOPE aims to work with communities and states that have multi-sector coalitions, networks, or initiatives that are committed to reducing inequities by addressing early childhood adversity through systems alignment, policy, and capacity-building strategies and aims to disseminate learnings from HOPE grantees to improve child wellbeing.

HOPE Consortium has released a survey to identify interest in this project. This webinar is designed to address questions of interested applicants.
After applications are received and reviewed, selected communities, states, and state leaders will progress to Phase II with an invitation to apply for ongoing participation and grants that will involve more detailed description of action plans and budgets. Grantees will receive 2 years of collaborative learning with in-depth technical assistance for capacity-building in measurement, evaluation, communication, mobilization, peer learning, expanded networks, and opportunities to engage in a national forum and share and disseminate strategies.

View the slides and webinar recording.


Strategies for Building and Financing the Supply of High-Quality Early Learning Webinar Series

The National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance (ECQA Center), in partnership with the BUILD Initiative, hosted a series of webinars about increasing the supply of and improving the quality of child care services for children in underserved areas, infants and toddlers, children with disabilities, and children who receive care during nontraditional hours.

This series is geared toward those interested in identifying gaps in the availability of child care in high-need communities, exploring rate strategies to finance child care at the state/territory and local levels, discussing the latest innovations with other states, and hearing about practical tools to support supply-building efforts.

Learn more.

Maximizing Federal Investments in Young Children Webinar Series

This series explored how states are taking advantage of federal early childhood investments to build their systems, improve opportunities and outcomes for children and families, and tackle issues around equity. From 2017 to 2018, BUILD  focused on four critical areas where the federal government provides resources to states to hear from leaders about their work, their lessons learned, and implications for next steps.

  1. Monday, November 6: States, Early Education and the Every Student Succeeds Act PowerPoint | Recording
  2. Monday, December 11: Big Ideas from the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge PowerPoint | Recording
  3. Monday, January 8: Focus on Kindergarten PowerPoint | Recording
  4. Monday February 26: Focus on Infants and Toddlers PowerPoint | Recording

March 23, 2017 Webinar: BUILD's New QRIS 3.0 Resources

This March 23rd webinar addresses the latest innovations and strategies related to quality rating and improvement systems. New resources developed through BUILD's think tank, “Establishing an Ecosystem for High-Quality Early Learning,” are also discussed. Click here to access these resources and view this presentation’s slide deck and recording.

December 19, 2016 Webinar: Place, Race, ACE, and the First 1000 Days: New Policy Imperatives for Early Childhood

This webinar discusses needed new investment approaches – from a strength-based, racial equity, and community-building perspective – for children in the first 1000 days of life. It offers new state and community investment approaches as potential “purple” solutions that address inequities and persistent structural barriers to health care, education, housing, and employment, particularly in neighborhoods and communities most affected by these inequities.

Charles Bruner from the Learning Collaborative on Health Equity and Young Children will provide the national policy overview. Richard Chase of Wilder Research will provide a state perspective from Minnesota. Bharti Wari will provide the perspective of communities of color and American Indian communities across Minnesota. Click on the following to view them:

December 15, 2016 Webinar: Building Leadership for Supportive Communities

Early childhood systems include high-quality early childhood programs and services that are critical to the healthy development of young children. Broad leadership for healthy child development and learning can be built from within community institutions, such as libraries and museums and child- and family-serving programs and services. In this webinar, learn about:
  • The joint effort of The BUILD Initiative and the Institute of Museum and Library Service (IMLS) to strengthen collaboration among leaders in museums, libraries, and early childhood systems to increase opportunities for young children and families often identified as high need, particularly those without access to museums and libraries and lacking sufficient early learning and development opportunities;
  • Building Supportive Communities with Libraries, Museums, and Early Childhood Systems: A Toolkit for Collaborative Efforts to Improve Outcomes for Young Children and Their Families, a product of the collaboration that includes strategies for creating more alignment between state, regional and community efforts and organizations that provide a range of early learning and development opportunities; and
  • Mind in the Making and Vroom, whose goal it is to use the knowledge from developmental research and cognitive neuroscience to promote engaged learning and executive-function-based life skills in adults and children. 

BUILD and Mind in the Making believe that working together in intentional relationships can expand the range of formal and informal learning opportunities that are available to children and families. By coming together to address common challenges, such as data collection and transportation barriers, community programs can jointly problem solve and increase participation.  Creating shared messages across museums, libraries, and early childhood systems can help families see more clearly the rich community resources that are available to them. Click on the following to view them.

September 8, 2016 Webinar: High-Quality Early Learning for Dual-Language Learners: Moving from Research to Policy to Practice

The National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance (NCECQA Center) is excited to offer a webinar titled High-Quality Early Learning for Dual-Language Learners: Moving from Research to Policy to Practice. The webinar presents an opportunity to learn about the state of the field and approaches that can help ensure high-quality early learning for dual-language learners. Participants will hear from national experts and state leaders about how their approaches to early learning and development standards have helped improve program standards, assessment design and implementation, and professional development. In addition, leaders whose states do not have formal policies for supporting dual-language learners will share how they are building support for changes to their early learning and development standards—and how they hope to use those standards to change practice and better serve children who are dual-language learners. Miriam Calderon will facilitate the webinar and draw on research she and Linda Espinosa conducted for the BUILD Initiative report State Early Learning and Development Standards/Guidelines, Policies & Related Practices: How Responsive Are They to the Needs of Young Dual Language Learners? View the slide deck and webinar recording

August 10, 2016 Webinar: Transforming Young Child Primary Health Care Practice to Achieve Health Equity: Health Equity and Young Children CoINs Kitchen Cabinet Policy Statement

The science of healthy early childhood development emphasizes the impact that social determinants of health play in the healthy development of children.  Data show how children and families of color are disproportionally affected by negative social and environmental conditions lead to future health, educational, and social outcomes.

This webinar will describe the primary child health practitioner’s emerging role in addressing these social determinants and reducing health disparities – describing exemplary practices in the field and their policy implications. On behalf of the Kitchen Cabinet of child health experts guiding the Learning Collaborative’s CoIN work in this area, Dr. Maxine Hayes will present its Policy Statement, outlining how young child primary care must be a major focus of efforts to transform America’s health system to meet the goals of improved health quality, population health, and reduced per capita health expenditures (the triple aim). Leaders from the nine exemplary programs showcased in the policy report will provide perspectives on the report and implications to their work. View the slide deck and webinar recording.

August 2, 2016 Webinar: Early Learning Systems Building: Leveraging Child Care and Referral

This webinar offered by the National Center for Early Childhood Quality Assurance provided an overview of Child Care Resource and Referral in evolving early learning systems and examined trends and innovations at the State and local level. Presenters include Lynette Fraga from Child Care Aware of America®, Gerry Cobb from the BUILD Initiative, Susan Foley from the National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment, Tracy Pond from Child Care Aware® New Hampshire and Heather Moss from the Washington State Department of Early Learning. This webinar benefits an array of audiences including state child care administrators, QRIS administrators, professional development administrators, and Child Care Resource and Referral staff. View the slide deck, webinar recording, and additional resources.

June 30, 2016 Webinar: State Roles in the New Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership Grant Opportunity

The BUILD Initiative conducted this webinar to share information about the roles that states have played in the past two years to support infants and toddler through the Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships (EHS-CCP) as part of the larger state early childhood system. These roles have included states serving as the Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership grantee and alternatively states creating a support system for local grantees.  The EHS-CCP grants were introduced two years ago as a wonderful opportunity to build the bridge between Head Start and Child Care and to fulfill the need for high-quality infant and toddler care. The states that have played a significant role in shaping and implementing this federal initiative have also built bridges between early childhood systems at the state and local levels. Webinar presenters shared information about how leaders in Washington DC, Alabama, Georgia, and Washington state shaped this quality improvement initiative in their states. As leaders in states and communities across the country begin to think about how to shape the 2016 EHS-CC Partnership applications, we think you'll enjoy hearing from leaders who have been immersed in the 2014 grants. View the slide deck, webinar recording and additional resources.

June 10, 2016 Webinar: Using Community Assessment to Advance Cultural Competence and Racially Equitable Outcomes for Young Children and Their Families

The National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance and its partner, the BUILD Initiative, are excited to offer a webinar titled Using Community Assessment to Advance Cultural Competence and Racially Equitable Outcomes for Young Children and Their Families.

The webinar will focus on the components and development of community assessments and how State, Territory, and Tribal leaders and early childhood program directors can use community assessment data to identify and serve new and underserved populations and those in greatest need of early education services.

The webinar will draw on Head Start’s Five Steps to Community Assessment, which provides a framework for a community assessment process and emphasizes that community assessments better position state, community, and program leaders to “make informed decisions about service area plans and delivery, develop strategic plans for the agency, respond to new Federal regulations or initiatives, mobilize community resources and partnerships, and reach out to additional funders.” Case studies will be discussed to show how this assessment framework can be used in different situations.

Participants: The webinar is designed for State, Territory, and Tribal leaders and program directors responsible for distribution of funds and continuous improvement of early childhood programs and services for children and families. This group may include early childhood policymakers and representatives of Child Care and Development Fund administrators, Head Start Collaboration offices, Head Start grantees, Early Head Start–Child Care Partnership grantees, child care resource and referral agencies, and State Advisory Councils.

View the slide deck and watch the webinar recording to learn more.

June 1, 2016 Webinar: Poverty, Race, Place and Young Children: Building Social Capital and Strengthening Families

In the United States, poverty, race and place are highly intertwined. This has particularly important implications to the healthy development of young children, especially children of color. Poverty, health and early childhood scholars are coming to a common recognition that strengthening families in their communities is essential to addressing poverty and equity issues that threaten to undermine prospects for prosperity for the next generation.This webinar presents new national data – also available at a state and community level – showing the need to develop both quantitatively and qualitatively different approaches to improving healthy young child development in poor neighborhoods, which often are largely made up of communities of color. It further examines specific neighborhoods to suggest that “village building” strategies that focus on social capital development are key to providing young children with opportunities to succeed. View the webinar recording and slide deck.

2016 National Smart Start Conference

2016 National Smart Start Conference

This year's National Smart Start Conference provided professional development for early childhood systems leaders and gave participants the opportunity to access the latest research, learn new skills and share lessons learned. BUILD was happy to facilitate pre-conference sessions and sessions during the Smart Start Conference. Check out the agenda and the related BUILD slide decks and handouts below.

Powerpoint Presentations

April 20, 2016 Webinar: Shared Interests on Behalf of Young Children

According to the World Health Organization, health is not simply the scope of health care services delivered “but it’s about the cultural, socio-economic, and environmental conditions in which we live. It is physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”

As a follow-up to our March 18th webinar, BUILD will continue the conversation between the health and early learning systems. We’ll focus on health and early learning systems “asks" and “offers" to each other as they both work toward building early childhood systems that address child well-being and health inequities.

The growth and development of young children, from their birth (and even the prenatal period) to age five, requires multiple systems that can work together to support strong families and supportive communities. The reduction of disparities requires creating interpersonal relationships and complementary or supportive strategies in order to address and overcome structural and institutional inequities. By increasing understanding of the language, goals and objectives of health and early learning, we hope to start a process where leaders will discover common benefits and mutual interests that are not “owned” by health or early learning but that are shared at the center of well-child development.

Through funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Child and Family Policy Center and the BUILD Initiative have established the Learning Collaborative on Health Equity and Young Children to advance policy and practice to reduce disparities, particularly those in health, that young children experience.

Participants: This webinar is designed for policymakers, advocates, and practitioners who are a part of the early childhood systems-building community, especially within health and early learning.

Click here to view the slide deck and webinar recording.

March 24, 2016 Webinar: Making the Link Between Early Childhood Systems Building and Poverty Reduction

March 18, 2016 Webinar: Early Learning, Health and the Wellbeing of Young Children and their Families: What Health Has to Offer

According to the World Health Organization, health is not simply the scope of health care services delivered “but it’s about the cultural, socio-economic, and environmental conditions in which we live. It is physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” Inspired by this holistic definition, over the last three months, BUILD conducted interviews with state early childhood leaders, health associations, and health experts to explore their efforts to address disparities and advance health equity.

During this webinar, Sherri Killins, Carey McCann, Brenda Jones and Karriem Watson discussed the social determinants of health and highlighted strategies from maternal & child health to start a conversation of shared interest.  They shared takeaways and insights gained from BUILD interviews and explored the intersection between early learning and health with a specific goal of identifying the opportunities to promote health equity that lie at the critical intersection of health and early learning. View the slide deck and watch the webinar recording to learn more. 

February 25, 2016 Webinar: Health Transformation and Health Equity: Emerging Child Health Practitioner Roles

On February 25, 2016, a webinar was held to address what early childhood policy leaders and child health practitioners can do to focus greater attention on young children.  It described both the growing research base on the critical importance of the earliest years in establishing lifelong trajectories of health, and the existence of a growing array of evidence-based child health practices that are responding effectively to both bio-medical and social determinants of health.  Through funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Child and Family Policy Center and the BUILD Initiative have established a Learning Collaborative on Health Equity and Young Children to advance policy and practice to reduce health and other disparities young children experience. Review the slide deck and watch the recording to learn more.

Additional Resources: Fifty State Chart Book and Resiliency and Protective Factors Report

February 18, 2016 Webinar: Every Student Succeeds Act - Opportunities for Early Learning

On February 18 2016, the BUILD Initiative hosted a webinar focused on the new federal education law – Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) – and its new provisions pertaining to early learning, starting with infants and moving through the early elementary grades. Review the slide deck and listen to the recording to find out what the law provides for young children and how you might use it forward your own work. 

December 15, 2015 Webinar: Overcoming Challenges and Improving Quality in Your 2016

During the Overcoming Challenges and Improving Quality in your 2016 CCDF Plan webinar, participants learned how state leaders are leveraging new opportunities through the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) to drive quality through their child care assistance programs. There was a special focus on meeting family and child needs as we discussed issues such as driving quality through rate setting, family child care and other important topics. View the powerpoint presentation here and watch the webinar recording here.

October 21, 2015 Webinar: Leveraging Local Assets to Address Disparities in the Healthy Development of Children

Leveraging Local Assets to Address Disparities in the Healthy Development of Children is a follow-up to a wildly successful session at a BUILD meeting in Pittsburgh last September. The rave reviews and calls for more information led us to revise the presentation into a webinar format.This informative webinar explored the community and state connections related to race, place and young children. BUILD’s Sherri Killin’s introduced our current work on racial and health equity. Charles Bruner shared his perspective on the intertwined issues of poverty, place and discrimination, all of which need to be addressed to achieve health equity. Arthur James discussed infant mortality and the social determinants of health and health inequities, and Dana Friedman shared how neighborhood-level information can be used to improve child outcomes/children's school readiness.

View the slide deck and listen to the webinar recording, then join us on Facebook or Twitter to join in on the conversation.  

For your convenience, we include here time stamps for the above recording: 

  • Charlie Bruner: Race, Place & Young Children (8:35 – 37:35)
  • Arthur James: Ohio's Infant Mortality Challenge (37:36- 1:03:14)
  • Dana Friedman: Building on Neighborhood & Community Strengths (1:12:53- 1:37:00)

2015 BUILD National Meeting

Early Childhood Systems Builders Design Studio

October 7- 9th 2015, Cleveland, Ohio


Leaders at this year's BUILD national meeting placed a critical lens on their current early childhood systems building efforts and discussed with their peers in other states what they might do differently to tackle complex systems issues. The focus of the meeting included:

  •  Critically examining choice points/levers for change/mental models for improving early childhood systems.
  • Considering new ways of conceptualizing early childhood systems and employ this framework to innovative solutions to issues affecting child well-being.
  • Identifying action steps for applying revised mental models/frameworks for addressing issues affecting child outcomes in their respective states.
  • Identifying and addressing racially diverse groups who are not benefiting or historically excluded, differentiated resource allocations, and inclusion of diverse voices of parents, programs and educators.

State leaders were asked to consider, "What do we need to start, stop, and continue doing in our current early childhood systems work to increase success?"

We're delighted that once again BUILD was able to provide our state leads with a safe space to learn and grow. We're sharing with our learning community, resources from the national meeting. Review the meeting's agenda, read the resources below and then join on us on Facebook and/or Twitter to continue the conversation (#BUILDNationalMeeting2015)!

Powerpoint Presentations


September 2015 Pittsburgh Meeting

Building Bridges: Connecting State and Community Early Childhood Efforts

In September 2015, state and local leaders from New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Vermont met in Pittsburgh to address and explore pivotal questions related to the field: What roles are better played by the state and which are better suited to the community? How do state and local-level early childhood leaders facilitate family engagement and empowerment? What are state and local measures of success for state and local efforts?

Participants had a full agenda. We offer below the handouts, slide decks and other informative resources shared during the sessions to incite further conversations within your local and state communities. For a grander overview of the BUILD Initiative's work in various states, read our "Nuts and Bolts of Building Early Childhood Systems Through State/Local Initiatives" and check out chapter 2 of the BUILD Initiative's e-book "Rising to the Challenge: Building Effective Systems for Young Children and Families," which was used as a handout for "The Use of Data in State and Local Systems Building Efforts" session.  

My Work, My Passion- Bringing It Home

We are happy to share the remarks of Karen Ponder, the founder of North Carolina's Smart Start Initiative. In her speech "My Work, My Passion," she spoke of her thirty-plus years of experiences building early childhood systems across the country.

Bridging Community Approaches and State Early Childhood Systems Efforts

During the opening plenary session, a panel of state and local leaders (Michelle Figlar, Janice Gebicki, Eva Gladstein, Julie Thumma and Cristy Yoders) discussed their perspectives on local early childhood systems building efforts, local needs and the role that state plays in both supporting local efforts, building a statewide systems building framework and assuring that state and local efforts are aligned and integrated. Related handouts are shared below: 

  1. Overview of United Way Of Southwestern Pennsylvania 
  2. A Running Start: Our Citywide Plan To Improve School Readiness from Philadelphia Mayor's Office Of Community Empowerment and Opportunit
  3. Overview of Butler County Early Care and Education Council 
  4. Overview of United Way's Success By 6

Building on Neighborhood and Community Strengths to Address Disparities in Child Development

This session explored how community governance structures, community strategies, an asset-based approach and a racial equity lens can advance community and state efforts to address current disparities in both early childhood and other systems serving families by redirecting resources where they can produce the greatest impact. Executive Director of the Child and Family Policy Center, Charles Bruner led a presentation entitled "From State To Community To Village: Young Children And Their Neighborhoods," which investigated how census data can be used to identify neighborhoods of greatest childhood concern and the importance of finding ways to work with families within these neighborhoods to help provide for them the time, space and opportunity to connect with the youngest members of their families. Additionally, Dana Friedman, President of The Early Years Institute in New York, gave a thought-provoking presentation that explored Early Development Instrument (EDI) and the challenges faced in creating a systemic change e.g. racism, affordable housing, lack of voice and representation, lack of literacy and access and limited cultural competence.  

Making Family Input, Engagement and Leadership a Priority in the Development of a Local Systems Approach

Joan Blough, Senior Vice President of the Early Childhood Investment Corporation, and Jeanna Capito encouraged session participants to reflect on how families can be partners in the design and implementation of their state and local early childhood systems. Issues of equity were explored including how states and communities might redistribute resources to ensure that all families have equal opportunity, participation and results. Click the link above to view the slide deck. 

The Heinz Endowments' Noble Bet and Beyond

Marge Petruska, Senior Program Director for Children, Youth & Families at The Heinz Endowments, reflected on the foundation's Early Childhood Initiative in Allegheny County and more broadly shared how the foundation's regional efforts have served as a laboratory for developing approaches that have state and national impact.  

The SPARK Initiative: Lessons Learned About Aligning State and Community Strategies 

The SPARK (Supporting Partnerships to Assure Ready Kids) initiative was one of the largest, in scope and duration, ever undertaken by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) - a 7-year investment of more than $160 million in direct and indirect support to 8 grantee states. The ambition of SPARK was to discover how to stem the tide of children who arrive at kindergarten each year unprepared to learn and, thus, start with a handicap that they might never overcome; half the academic gap seen in grade 12 can be attributed to gaps that existed in first grade. Read an overview of the SPARK Initiative here and click above for the slide deck used during the session. 

Aligning and Integrating Early Learning Systems at the State and Local Level

During this session, state and local leaders discussed the diverse approaches they are taking in aligning and integrating pre-k, Head Start, child care, home visiting and other aspects of the early childhood system. 

It's All About Leadership Breakout Session

This session explored key leadership elements necessary to build and sustain collaborative systems building as well as ways that state can support leadership capacity building and a "leading for equity" approach at the local level. Related handouts are shared below: 

  1. Leaders' Collaborative Key Messages
  2. Map of Smart Start Leaders Collaborative 
  3. Oregon Early Learning Hub Leadership Institute- Leading for Equity 
  4. Map of Learning Hubs in Oregon
  5. Leadership in the Age of Complexity: From Hero To Host 
  6. Are You In High Action and High Alignment? 
  7. Executive Summary of Leaders' Collaborative 
  8. Theory of Change: A Progression of Thinking and Action to Realize Our Vision
  9.  Education Investment Board: Equity Lens 
  10. Two-Way Communication and Feedback Loops: Oregon Early Learning Hub Collaborative Team Charter

The Public/Private Partnership Approach in Early Childhood Systems Building

Participants of this session gained insights from local and state leaders Julie Ellen Davis, Trustee of South Carolina First Steps to School Readiness, Marie St. Fleur, President of Bessie Tartt Wilson Initiative for Children, Mary Rieck, Peak Coordinator in the Pottsdown School District, on how to build strong public/private partnerships. We include here the handouts from this session.

  1. Overview of South Carolina First Steps To School Readiness 
  2. Creating a Comprehensive Community Early Learning System: Pottstown Early Action for Kindergarten Readiness
  3. Pottstown School District Partners with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Announcement
  4. Put MA Kids First Fact Sheet

2015 QRIS National Meeting

2015 QRIS National Meeting

July 15-17, 2015 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, MD. Access handouts and presentations here.

March 4, 2015 Webinar: Health Care and Early Education in Oregon (Part 2)

State and Local Partnerships - Bridging Health Care and Early Education System Transformations to Achieve Kindergarten Readiness in Oregon

Oregon has leveraged opportunities to support a fundamental shift in how the health care and early education systems function and align with each other. This webinar focused on how health and early learning activities are integrated and aligned in communities through the state's system efforts.

Presenters: Sherri Killins (BUILD Initiative), Sarita Amaya (Oregon Division of Early Learning) and Suey Linzmeier (Head Start of Yamhill County).

See the PowerPoint (in PDF format) that accompanied the webinar.

Listen to the recording of the webinar.

Click here to access the BUILD Initiative and National Academy for State Health Policy brief on this topic.

January 12, 2015 Webinar: Health Care and Early Education in Oregon (Part 1)

Bridging Health Care and Early Education System Transformations to Achieve Kindergarten Readiness in Oregon

Oregon is known nationally in health policy circles for its health care system transformation and by early care and education policy makers for its early education system reforms, but innovations in these two areas often do not intersect. This webinar focused on Oregon’s alignment of its two innovative system transformation efforts to highlight lessons for state policy makers working to achieve a common goal of kindergarten readiness.

Presenters: Sherri Killins (BUILD Initiative), Carrie Hanlon (National Academy for State Health Policy), Dana Hargunani (Oregon Health Authority), and David Mandell (Early Learning Division/Oregon Department of Education).

See the PowerPoint (in PDF format) that accompanied the webinar.

Listen to the recording of the webinar.

Click here to access the BUILD Initiative and National Academy for State Health Policy brief on this topic.

2014 BUILD National Meeting

Developing a Grand Systems Plan for a Diverse Next Generation:

Ready for Opportunities; Poised for Innovation


Agenda - 2014 BUILD National Meeting

Readiness for Change and Capacity for Innovation with Pennie Foster Fishman, Michigan State University and Tonya Matthews, Michigan Science Center

102814 Pennie Foster Fishman PPT as PDF

ABLe Infographic

Facilitating Systemic Action Learning

Identifying and Addressing Emerging Issues

System Scan Design Guide

System Scan Examples

Two Generation and Strengthening Families Approaches to Families with Young Children: Moving from Theory to Practice (and Policy and System Culture) with Charlie Bruner, Child and Family Policy Center and Sherri Killins, BUILD Initiative

102914 Charlie Bruner PPT as PDF

Rebuilding a Local Early Learning System - The New Orleans Approach with Teresa Falgoust, KIDS COUNT Coordinator, Agenda for Children; Nancy Freeman, Executive Director, Institute of Mental Hygiene; Kristi Givens, Owner, Kids of Excellence Child Development Center; Rafel Hart, Center Director, Educare New Orleans; Eboni Walker, New Orleans Early Education Network (Moderator)

102914 Teresa Falgoust PPT as PDF

The State of Early Learning and Development Standards for Dual Language Learners: Where We Are, Where We Need To Go with Linda Espinosa, University of Missouri

103014 Linda Espinosa PPT as PDF

Beyond Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships and Home Visiting with Diana Bender, BUILD Consultant; John Young, Children’s Home + Aid; Nancy Shier, BUILD Consultant (Moderator)

103014 Diana Bender PPT as PDF

September 22-24, 2014 Everything Matters for Babies Meeting

September 22, 2014 Webinars and Resources: Approaching Your Federal Preschool Grant Application from a Systems Perspective

The BUILD Initiative hosted two webinars on Monday, September 22nd, for states that are applying for one of the federal Preschool grants.


  • For Development grant states:

See the PowerPoint (in PDF format) that accompanied the webinar.

Listen to the recording of the webinar.

  • For Expansion grant states:

See the PowerPoint (in PDF format) that accompanied the webinar.

Listen to the recording of the webinar.

Additional supportive materials: 

  1. BUILD Initiative’s Preschool Development Grants Brief
  2. BUILD Initiative's Planning Tool, Serving Dual Language Learners through the Preschool Grants
  3. ACNJ's The ABCs of Preschool, Lessons Learned from New Jersey

The purpose of these webinars was to assist states in thinking strategically about how to leverage the Preschool grants to support your state's early childhood systems framework. The resources and sessions were designed to assist stakeholders in how to embed high quality preschool in a broader early learning system and how to incorporate this systems-embracing approach in your federal application. 

Presenters: Harriet Dichter (BUILD Initiative Consultant), Linda Espinosa (BUILD Initiative Consultant), Ceil Zalkind (Advocates for Children of New Jersey), Susan Hibbard (BUILD Initiative), and Debi Mathias (BUILD Initiative).

May 21, 2014 Webinar: Transformation/Innovation Zones

Tranformation/Innovation Zones: Learning From Other States

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Presenters:  Melissa Van Dyke, Bentley Ponder, and Leah Pouw

This small group discussion focused on community-based innovation approaches that some states are currently implementing or are in the planning stages of implemention as part of their RTT-ELC grant. Whether they are called innovation zones or transformation zones or some other name, each of these approaches focuses on regions with a high percentage of children in poverty and at risk, and emphasizes new and innovative strategies to delivering services and providing high quality early learning experiences.

View the webinar:

Melissa Van Dyke, National Implementation Research Network, University of North Carolina; Bentley Ponder, Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning; Leah Pouw, Illinois Action for Children

May 15, 2014 Webinar and Resources: Comprehensive Early Childhood System-Building: A Tool

Comprehensive Early Childhood System-Building:

A Tool to Inform Discussions on Collaborative, Cross-Sector Planning

Thursday, May 15

Webinar and Resources

Presenters: Billie Young, Ann Reale, Gerry Cobb

This Early Childhood Systems Work Group (ECWSG) webinar introduced the new Comprehensive Early Childhood System-Building Tool and how it can be used to inform discussions on collaborative, cross-sector early learning policy and governance planning. It is designed to help state and community leaders, as well as technical assistance providers, build understanding of early childhood systems and foster collaboration towards the common goal of “thriving children and families.”

The tool is based on the framework and the “ovals” graphic that the ECWSG has developed and refined over the past five years. The System-Building Tool includes key considerations for policy development and implementation across six core strategies for building and sustaining a comprehensive early childhood system:

  • Define and Coordinate Leadership
  • Finance Strategically
  • Enhance and Align Standards
  • Create and Support Improvement Strategies
  • Ensure Accountability
  • Recruit and Engage Stakeholders

See the PowerPoint (in PDF format) that accompanied the webinar.

Access the tool:  Comprehensive Early Childhood System-Building Tool

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Billie Young, National Association for the Education of Young Children; Ann Reale, ICF International; Gerry Cobb, BUILD Initiative

April 7, 2014 Webinar and Resources: Health Equity and Young Children - Next Steps for States

Health Equity and Young Children: Helping States Take the Next Steps

Monday, April 7, 2014
Webinar and Resources

Presenters: Maxine Hayes, Charles Bruner, Angelica Cardenas-Chaisson, Kelly Perez

The Child and Family Policy Center and the BUILD Initiative have teamed up to produce different resource materials on the importance of focusing attention on healthy early childhood development through a health equity lens. The research on brain development, toxic stress, social determinants of health, and early childhood adversity all point to the importance of ensuring that young children and their families are not subject to discrimination and marginalization and the stresses and impacts on health that produces.

This webinar provided an overview of that research. It also explored, with participants, where states are in developing effective policies and practices in early childhood to ensure health equity. The session assisted CFPC and BUILD in further developing ideas to establish a Learning Community on Health Equity and Young Children which can support state leaders – in health policy, early childhood policy, child advocacy, and child health practice – to improve results and reduce disparities in children’s healthy development.

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Maxine Hayes, MD, MPH, is a clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine, member of the faculty at the University of Washington School of Public Health and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and member of the Institute of Medicine. Charles Bruner, PhD, MA serves as executive director of the Child and Family Policy Center (CFPC) and is BUILD's national director of research and evaluation. Angelica Cardenas-Chaisson, MSW is participating in a fellowship at CFPC. Kelly Perez, MSW, comes to the BUILD Initiative as the new director of equity initiatives from Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper’s office where she served as the human services policy adviser.

April 1, 2014 Webinar and Resources: Shared Services: Early Head Start/Child Care Partnerships

Shared Services: A New Management Approach for Early Head Start/Child Care Partnerships

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Webinar and Resources

Presenter: Louise Stoney

Over the past decade, a growing number of early care and education organizations have crafted innovative management structures that support high-quality early learning services across multiple center- and home-based settings. By sharing leadership, resources and staff, maximizing technology and focusing on shared core values, these leaders have been able to deliver services that go beyond what is possible when centers or homes act alone. This webinar highlights how a shared services framework is fundamentally different from a traditional approach to Head Start/Child Care Partnerships, describes promising practices in several parts of the United States, and provides a host of resources for those who want to learn more.

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Louise Stoney is an independent consultant specializing in child care and early childhood education policy.

March 17, 2014 Webinar and Resources: Nuts & Bolts of Building EC Systems Through State/Local Initiatives

The Nuts and Bolts of Building Early Childhood Systems through State/Local Initiatives 

Monday, March 17, 2014
Webinar and Resources

Presenters: Nadine Basha, , Gerry Cobb, Julie Coffey, Linda Leonard, Elinor Mattern, Kris Meyers, Karen Pautz, Karen Ponder, Cindy Watkins, Donna White

Over the past decade, many states have become part of an important trend toward creating statewide community-based approaches to building comprehensive early childhood systems. The webinar presenters shared the diverse approaches that states have taken and the infrastructure they have created at the state and local level. Participants heard what is working and what is not, lessons learned along the way, and words of advice from leaders of these initiatives.

Additionally, the webinar shared the latest national research that provides a cross-state perspective on the work in states that have taken this approach.

Read BUILD‘s publication on the The Nuts and Bolts of Building Early Childhood Systems through State/Local Initiatives.

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Karen Ponder, BUILD Initiative; Gerry Cobb, BUILD Initiative; Linda Leonard, South Carolina First Steps to School Readiness; Donna White, North Carolina Partnership for Children; Cindy Watkins, Guilford County Partnership for Children, North Carolina; Nadine Basha, First Things First, Arizona; Julie Coffey, Building Bright Futures, Vermont; Karen Pautz, First 5 Siskiyou, California; Elinor Mattern, First 5 Association of California; Kris Meyers, Greater Roanoke Valley Smart Beginnings, Virginia

March 7, 2014 Webinar and Resources: Early Head Start/Child Care Partnerships

Early Head Start/Child Care Partnership – Opportunities for Innovation

Friday, March 7, 2014
Webinar and Resources

Presenter: Joan Lombardi

The Early Head Start/Child Care Partnership, a new federal funding opportunity, provides the potential for new resources and innovation at the state and community level in building early childhood systems. State and community leaders should see this new funding competition as a chance to:

  • Think about developing new partnerships across sectors
  • Better align existing systems and bridge existing resources to better expand comprehensive high quality services to the most at-risk children in communities.

This March 7th webinar offers the perspectives of national, state and local leaders who are already thinking creatively about this new funding opportunity. It additionally provides information about some of the work already underway.

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Joan Lombardi is former deputy assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.