UMass Boston

Culture of Continuous Learning Project

The Leadership Institute has been studying and testing a new model for quality improvement and leadership in early care and education programs. Our current study of this is a federally-funded project called the Culture of Continuous Learning Project. We work with ECE programs in Boston to enhance social and emotional teaching and learning using the model for improvement called the Breakthrough Series Collaborative. This model facilitates both individual and organizational change by mobilizing leadership from all levels within ECE programs, and creating a culture of learning among ECE programs. The BSC model for change has supported practice and process improvements in the health, child trauma, and child welfare fields, but has not yet been widely tested in ECE.

This project is funded by the Office of Research, Planning, and Evaluation at the Administration for Children and Families at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and is a partnership with Child Trends, the Center for the Study of Social Policy, and JRA Consulting.

In January, 2018, the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation in the Office of the Administration of Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published Culture of Continuous Learning Project: A Literature Review of the Breakthrough Series Collaborative (BSC)

This institute is part of the College of Education and Human Development.