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Toolkit: Defining and Assessing Early Childhood System Performance for Quality Improvement

Early childhood systems exist to improve outcomes for children and families, but it can be a challenge to tell the story of why our system-building efforts matter. To help system builders and stakeholders identify ways their system is working well, as well as areas for improvement, the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) developed the Early Childhood System Performance Assessment Toolkit in partnership with members of its Early Childhood Learning and Innovation Network for Communities (EC-LINC). 

During the past year, in partnership with National Institute for Children’s Health Quality (NICHQ) and Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (ECCS CoIIN) Teams, CSSP has updated and expanded the Toolkit to improve its alignment with the ECCS CoIIN logic model. This webinar will provide an overview of the Toolkit, including two new and two revised measures, and ways communities can use measures from the Toolkit to improve their system’s performance.

Webinar Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to articulate how an early childhood system contributes to better outcomes for young children and their families
  • Participants will improve their understanding of the concept of system performance
  • Participants will be able to identify measures from the Early Childhood System Performance Assessment Toolkit that they could use in their own systems

1 hour


Loraine Swanson, MPH, Senior Project Director, NICHQ


Cailin O’Connor, MS, Senior Associate, Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP)

David Willis, MD, FAAP, Senior Fellow, Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP)

Engaging Senior Leadership in Your Quality Improvement (QI) Work

In partnership with the Public Health Quality Improvement Exchange (PHQIX), NICHQ's webinar offers insight on how to engage senior leaders in quality improvement work


1 hour


Meghan Johnson, MSc

Ty Kane, MPH