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November 2013Vol. 14, No. 8Child Welfare CQI Training Academy Launches in 2014

As mentioned in the September 2013 issue of Children's Bureau Express, the Children's Bureau awarded a cooperative agreement for the Building Child Welfare Capacity for Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) Project to JBS International, Inc., and its partner, the Center for the Support of Families (CSF). This 17-month project is aimed at developing, testing, and evaluating the Child Welfare CQI Training Academy (Academy), a rigorous but practical training program for busy child welfare professionals. The Academy's curriculum incorporates the latest in distance learning methods and group learning activities to facilitate flexible participation, critical thinking, and opportunities for immediate application.

The overarching goal of every CQI system is to support decision-making that contributes to improved outcomes for children, youth, and families. The Academy is designed to develop CQI-related competencies that will equip and empower individuals within agencies to help achieve this goal. Coursework will complement existing CQI resources while enhancing participants' abilities to thoughtfully examine familiar routines and apply new principles and skills in their performance and management of CQI. The lessons will prioritize the development of critical and analytical thinking, effective communication, and problem-solving skills. Ultimately, the Academy's developers hope to prepare graduates to inspire action, foster cultures of continuous learning and improvement, and facilitate sustainable changes.

In the next few weeks, the Children's Bureau and Academy staff will reach out to child welfare directors, other key agency staff, and stakeholders to provide more details about the Academy. Agency leaders will receive information about coursework, monthly time commitments, eligibility, selection processes, and instructions on how to nominate individuals for participation. The 8-month program will begin in January 2014. This opportunity is open to all States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, and is designed to provide immediate and practical benefits for staff.   

The CQI Training Academy project team looks forward to launching the training in 2014 and meeting participants. If you have questions, please contact Kate Welty at

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