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Program Improvement

Engaging Families in Early Learning & Care Systems Change

We have direct experience with engaging families as part of efforts to improve early learning and care systems. We gather information about needs from families and caregivers, and we document their ideas about how early learning and care systems can be made better. These efforts generate insights that are critical for government and foundation clients and partners investing in program improvement and systems change efforts.

Care Worker Training and Advancement

Early Learning and Care Workforce

Our team has expertise in training and support systems for workers in the early learning and care workforce. We have evaluated services that support new family child-care business owners, coach new preschool educators, and offer professional development for childcare providers on how to support dual language learners. We provide technical assistance to new and emerging preapprenticeship and Registered Apprenticeship programs in the early learning and care sector and to colleges with early learning and care program offerings.

Program Improvement and Systems Change

Knowledge of Early Learning and Care Systems in California

SPR has a deep understanding of early learning and care systems in California through our engagement with different parts of the system at local, county, and state levels. We work with community groups on evaluation and assessment, tool development, and program improvement efforts in collaboration with partners and stakeholders, and we provide technical support throughout the process.


Family Child Care Provider Recommendation Report

SPR partnered with the Child Care Law Center to capture perspectives from California family care providers on improving program quality. This report summarizes their recommendations (resource also available in Chinese, Somali, and Spanish).


Parent Recommendations Report to the California Assembly Blue Ribbon Commission on Early Childhood Education

The report is the result of a partnership between SPR and Parent Voices to inform improvements in early childhood education and care led by the California Blue Ribbon Commission on Early Childhood Education. It summarizes the perspective of parents about...


Oakland Fund for Children & Youth Final Evaluation Report

The report describes Oakland Fund for Children & Youth programming–nearly 150 programs across nine focus areas. It is part of a full suite of products focusing on key strategies and program profiles. See all products.


First 5 Ventura County Evaluation Report

Access to care, kindergarten readiness and knowledge of child development, resources, and parenting were among the issues covered in this analysis of First 5 Ventura County’s (F5VC) Survey results. The report includes information about data sources and methods, demographic information...

Outcomes Study

Care Coordination: Connecting Families Across Service

The report summarizes findings from SPR’s study of outcomes stemming from First 5 Monterey County’s coordinated care approach  to early childhood development programming in the county. Findings from care coordinator, administrator and parent focus groups, a care coordinator survey, and...
Education, Learning & Youth Development