We work seamlessly and comprehensively with Head Start and Early Head Start programs. Over the course of multi-year partnerships, we support programs in their implementation of our high-quality, outcomes-focused initiatives in monitoring systems and analysis, early childhood education, and family and community engagement. The Shine Assist network is made up of over 35 programs from across the country, including Hawaii and Puerto Rico.

The History of Shine Assist

Launched in 2012 as the SARGE Affiliate Network, Shine Assist provides dedicated support and technical assistance to Head Start/Early Head Start programs and their delegates across the country. Utilizing the  tools and approaches developed at Acelero Learning, a top five Head Start program (as named by Bellwether Education), Shine Assist blends support through different mediums, across different content areas. In Education, Assist content experts guide the implementation of  its Ready to Shine curriculum, the Teacher Success Rubric (TSR), and our reflective coaching model. In Family Services, Assist content experts work with programs to put into practice our research-based family engagement curriculum, Shine on Families, a Family Partnership process, and targeted coaching for family services staff. Lastly, with Monitoring Systems and Analysis, we position programs to develop a data approach that reflects child and family readiness to kindergarten and beyond. Our reports include our compliance-focused MBI (Manage by Information) Report, MBE (Manage by Execution) Report for tracking operations and process indicators, and outcomes-focused MBO (Manage by Outcomes) report, tracking our results in school readiness, family engagement and health.

The results of our partnerships with programs nationwide has been remarkable. Our Shine Assist effort has helped dozens of grantees across the country increase the number of hours of service provided, implement grantee-wide monitoring and management tools, develop outcome tracking systems for child, family, and health services, and increase the depth of their education and family services efforts.

Ongoing Training & Technical Assistance

Over the course of the year, Shine Assist provides partner programs with ongoing support. A team of experts focuses on implementing key aspects of Shine Early Learning’s integrated programmatic approach in the following three areas:

  • Monitoring systems and analysis: The Shine Assist team works with our partners to refine their program design and management practices to support ongoing monitoring, planning, and self-assessment systems by producing monthly compliance reports and quarterly outcome dashboards. Shine Assist partners receive access Shine Insight at no additional cost.

  • Family Engagement: We provide a structured approach to working with families that includes introducing the concept of the achievement gap, assessing family strengths, setting family life practice goals, and Shine On, Families, a research-based parenting curriculum.

  • Early Childhood Education: Our support for teachers includes a clear performance-based Teacher Success Rubric, a proven curriculum, and a focused assessment model that allows educators to focus on what's most important--closing the achievement gap for every child.


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