Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative (TCCC) and national consulting group Root Cause recently launched the Tri-County Continuous Quality Improvement Initiative to provide coaching and strengthen evidence-based results for seven local early childhood service providers.
With funding from the Duke Endowment, the initiative will take the seven participating organizations through a 12- to 15-month continuous quality improvement (CQI) process to collect, analyze and use data to improve the quality of services being delivered. Root Cause will help the providers strengthen their capacity to collect and use data and improve their programs, with the ultimate goal being to increase kindergarten readiness among children in the community.
“This CQI initiative is another step being taken to strategically align with the work of the Kindergarten Readiness Network convened by the Trident United Way and sponsored by TCCC, to achieve the goal that all children are ready for kindergarten regardless of race or zip code,” said Thetyka Robinson, TCCC’s Director of Facilitation.
The organizations selected to participate in the CQI initiative are Communities in Schools Charleston; Father to Father, Inc.; Berkeley County First Steps; Charleston County First Steps; Dorchester County First Steps; Florence Crittenton; and PCIT (Parent-Child Interaction Therapy) Charleston. These organizations provide services in planned and well-timed pregnancies, healthy births, on-track development, school readiness by kindergarten and success by third grade, as well as other services. The programs directly serve families in Charleston, Berkeley, Dorchester and two other counties in South Carolina.
The goals of the CQI initiative are to help childhood service organizations build capacity to collect and use data in ways that go beyond compliance with funder requirements or other external performance standards; be intentional about clarity of vision, goals, and measurement; improve communication within and across teams; and create a culture that fosters learning and a spirit of inquiry.