The Partner Plan Act website was developed as part of the Consortium for Community Systems Development project, funded through the Race-to-Top-Early Learning Challenge Grant.  This website serves as the go-to-resource for those that are interested in learning more about community systems development initiatives in Illinois and how to start and strengthen current community systems efforts.  There are also many valuable resources practitioners can access to increase their knowledge and integrate into their local community efforts. In this blog, we conducted a review of web-link analytics to assess the top 10 webpages that community leaders, like you, are actually viewing on the website.

Partner Plan Act’s Top 10 Resources

#10 Illinois Early Childhood Program Inventory – The Illinois Early Childhood Program Inventory is a resource that provides an overview of state and federal programs that support Illinois’ children (from birth through age 8) and their families. The information serves as a resource for communities to determine what resources they have in their community and what stakeholders to reach.

#9 Structure of local collaborations   – As individuals and organizations come together to work toward a shared agenda, a basic framework is necessary for members about how they should work together. This resource shares some essential elements to effectively operate the community’s network, coalition or collaboration.

#8 Developmental Screenings – In a blog titled “Developmental Screenings: A tool used by Community Collaborations to engage, educate and refer to services,” a number of resources were featured demonstrating how local collaborations are building and leveraging cross-sector partnerships in their communities to increase families’ access to developmental screenings were highlighted.

#7 Plan for community systems change – An important part of the community systems development process includes identifying a local problem and developing a plan to build.  This resource provides some tools to plan your local collaboration work, including how to identify local problems, develop shared agendas, and develop an action learning process.

#6 ABLe Change Framework – The Partner Plan Act website recently published a blog titled “Illinois communities lead systems change efforts using the ABLe Change Framework.”  The blog details the ABLe Change pilot project and how communities are challenging the status quo and increasing the impact for their community’s children and families.

#5 Toolkits –  A number of toolkits have been developed for building and strengthening community-based, cross-sector early childhood collaborations. The website features toolkits from the United Way, Illinois Early Learning Council, University of Kansas and the National Center for Children in Poverty.

#4 Policy and Advocacy – In order to bring about community change, it’s crucial that the full range of early childhood system actors engage in some form of policy and advocacy.  Learn more about  Illinois Action for Children’s policy and advocacy tools and resources.

#3 Illinois Early Childhood Community Collaborations – The Illinois Early Childhood Community Collaboration Profiles highlights over 40 local collaborations in Illinois and their collaborative strategies and activities at the local levels.

#2 Partner with others to create change  – Community systems development work requires collaborations with partners and local organizations.  The webpage features resources for local collaborations those that are just getting started and those that are ready to organize for action.

#1 Understanding Illinois’ Early Childhood System –  Through the generous support of the Boeing Company, Illinois Action for Children recently produced a series of eight videos that features a different part of the early childhood system. The videos are intended to help individuals that work with families and young children directly to understand how they can best make referrals and connect them to helpful services. Another popular resource, are the accompanying fact sheets, that can be downloaded and shared with other providers.

These ten resources illustrate the wealth of resources and information available on the Partner Plan Act website for local collaborations interested in systems change efforts.  For more information on these and other community systems resources, contact Edna Navarro-Vidaurre, Assistant Director of Community Systems Development at e.n.vidaurre@actforchildren.org.

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