Community Systems Development for Early Childhood Collaborations Course
Collaboration Systems Development (CSD) is a concept that comes up repeatedly when discussing the work of early childhood community collaborations, but is not always thoroughly understood. CSD is a process by which community stakeholders from different sectors work in collaboration to focus and align their work, develop shared processes to achieve common outcomes, and take collective responsibility for the young children in their community. Essentially, there is recognition that there is work to be done that cannot be accomplished by a single individual or organization, and that CSD supports the ability of collaborations to enhance outcomes for young children and families in their community through a systems approach.
These on-demand modules provide information, activities, and resources that will help collaborations understand CSD and how it applies to their work. Module 1 focuses on CSD and Module 2 focuses on early childhood collaborations. While this course is designed for the modules to be followed sequentially, they can be completed out of order. In addition, other courses have been developed around specific CSD strategies such as shared intake and collaborative developmental screenings that are complementary to this course. Modules can be accessed at any time. A certificate of completion will be generated for individuals who complete both modules as well as a survey. We have partnered with The Center: Resources for Teaching and Learning to offer ISBE Professional Development Hours (PDH) and with INCCRRA to offer this as a Gateways approved training.