3SI performs program evaluation, program cost modeling and sustainability analysis for the Race to the Top (RTT) grant won by the Washington State Department of Early Learning (DEL). Washington State is implementing a $165 million project over four years that includes the statewide implementation of Early Achievers (a Tiered Quality Rating and Improvement System framework), a statewide kindergarten readiness assessment, and professional development incentives for teachers.

3SI helps DEL analyze and monitor progress towards RTT goals. By 2015, 54 percent of the state’s total licensed early child care centers are projected to participate in TQRIS. This will secure demonstrable improvements in early learning for 60 percent of children in early learning programs, including 31,359 low-income children. 3SI also helps DEL ensure that a majority of all kindergarten children will benefit from a kindergarten readiness assessment by the end of the 2014-2015 school year.

In addition to working with DEL, 3SI has partnered on early learning initiatives with other key RTT stakeholders, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Child Care Aware Washington, and Thrive by Five Washington. This work includes dashboards and diagnostics, workforce analysis and reports, finance, cost and data modeling, strategic guidance, and technical assistance in a variety of areas. 3SI’s efforts are outlined in more detail in a power point deck presented by 3SI, DEL & the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation at the 2014 BUILD conference:

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For more information please contact us at info@team3si.com.

 

Art Credit: Gustav Klimt, “Mother and Child,” c.1905.