(Published 2012, Link checked and updated 2019)

Over the past decade the science related to developing and identifying evidence-based programs and practices for children and families has improved significantly. However, the science related to implementing these programs in early childhood settings has lagged far behind. This article outlines how the science of implementation and the use of evidence-based Active Implementation Frameworks can close the research-to-practice gap in early childhood and ensure sustainable program success. The four implementation frameworks include:

  • Implementation Stages;
  • Implementation Drivers;
  • Policy–Practice Feedback Loops; and
  • Organized, Expert Implementation Support.

The authors provide examples and discuss implications for early childhood settings.

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