This graphic lays out all of the elements needed to create the effective services and infrastructure needed to develop comprehensive early childhood systems.
The implementation of policies often means the provision of services. To be effective, services must be accessible, affordable, high quality, and culturally responsive. They must be part of an infrastructure that provides for regulations and standards, quality improvement and professional development opportunities, and accountability and evaluation. Public engagement, political will, strong governance and leadership, and adequate financing are essential elements in the infrastructure. Together the services and infrastructure provide families with the comprehensive, cohesive system they need.