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Quality Improvement Network

Analytics, Benchmarking, Expert Faculty

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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.

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

Anonymous benchmarks enable comparisons across programs that have never previously been available, to identify bright spots and support learning.

Training & Coaching

Improvement science trainers advise participants on CQI tools and strategies, complemented by subject matter experts.   Program teams receive regular coaching to support local implementation.

 

 

Learning Community

Participants enjoy the support of colleagues going through the quality journey together.  Learning groups are organized around key topics and program demographics, to compare and learn from what works.

 

 

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’ve created a new economy, making both the analytics and expert faculty affordable, to enable programs to understand and effectively act on their data.  Facilitators help mine nuggets from benchmark reports, so that everyone learns from the high performers and cohort members support one another on the journey. The Network is designed for leadership teams consisting of program directors and key managers.

New subscribers initially receive a retrospective dashboard that connects prior year data with intuitive visuals illuminating patterns and trends.  They receive updates during the program year along with an orientation to improvement science (e.g. tools such as process maps, driver diagrams and PDSA cycles).  Expert facilitators support communities of practice organized around topic areas of shared interest.  Programs develop improvement initiatives, supported by coaching to accelerate implementation of continuous quality improvement.

The Q.I. Network is managed by Early Intel, with dashboards produced by CCR Analytics.  The Network is co-sponsored by state and regional Head Start Associations from across the U.S.

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:  TS Gold and DRDP
  • CLASS Reviews
  • Attendance & Chronic Absence
  • Child Health & Disability
  • Family Needs and Outcomes
  • Child & Family Demographics

Participating programs upload their data 3-4 times per year, which our team of data experts feed into dashboards, analyze and produce benchmark metrics for use locally and in facilitated, online sessions.  We pull data from a variety of sources and use a data warehouse to link across different content areas.

The curriculum addresses a range of issues including teaching quality, child outcomes, attendance, trauma informed approaches, 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 staff participation in particular sessions, they commit that a core of senior leadership will engage with the Network’s training content.
  • Programs will upload identified data on a timely basis to ensure accurate benchmarking across the Network (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 their experience with other participants.
  • Programs will participate in online coaching sessions and communities of practice.

Pricing for New Programs

Very Small Programs
$18,500
Fewer than 100
Small Programs
$21,500
  • 100-300 children
Medium Programs
$24,500
  • 300–599 children
Large Programs
$27,500
  • 600–2,000 children
Very Large Programs
$30,500
  • 2,000–4,000 children
Largest Programs
$33,500
  • 4,000+ children

Pricing for Returning Programs

Very Small Programs
$17,000
Fewer than 100
Small Programs
$20,000
  • 100-300 children
Medium Programs
$23,000
  • 300–599 children
Large Programs
$26,000
  • 600–2,000 children
Very Large Programs
$29,000
  • 2,000–4,000 children
Largest Programs
$32,000
  • 4,000+ children

New Subscribers receive an extra, retrospective dashboard for the prior year, when they start in July.

“Light” Option –  Subscribers may opt out of CQI coaching, for a savings of $4,500.  Programs will still receive all the dashboards, training, presentations, and full access to the Member Platform and Forums.  This is a lighter commitment with access to most of the resources.  Indicate preference on application.

Payment Options — Programs may choose to pay in full up front or in two equal installments.

Delegates —  Pricing will vary for grantees that include delegate agencies.  Considerations include the number of delegates, variances across data systems, and the number of participants from the delegates planning to participate in the learning community.  Contact us for an exact quote.

How to Apply

 

Your application temporarily reserves you a space, after which you will receive a subscription agreement for review and approval.  The deadline to apply for our upcoming, 2021-22 program year is Friday, May 7.  To receive more information or to reserve a place, click below or email [email protected]

What Our Members Say

 

“The Q.I. Network felt expensive when we first applied, but now after receiving the dashboards, CQI training and continuous coaching, it definitely is one of the best values of any service we’ve purchased. We are very pleased and are renewing our membership for another year.”

Wassy Tesfa, Head Start Executive Director
Pacific Clinics

“I appreciate that the dashboards address areas that have been overlooked in the past, such as family services. The analytics connect child assessments to family needs and outcomes, giving our staff visibility across silos and into the connections between family life and child learning.”

Denise Lee, Head Start Program Director
Sacramento Employment and Training Agency (SETA)

“The Q.I. Network design is truly remarkable.  It’s the most exciting thing I’ve seen in Head Start in a while and I can’t wait until our team gets really steeped in this work and starts to see the impacts on our child and family outcomes.”

Debbie Peralez
Child Start, Inc.