ERIC Number: ED251234
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Sep-30
Reference Count: 0
A Survey of Preschool Programs in Tennessee.
Stafford, Beth G.; Rog, Debbra
One of four volumes dealing with the CARE (Children's Agencies, Resources, Etc.) Linkages Project in Tennessee, this manual reports a survey of preschool programs in 16 counties. The goal of the CARE project was to foster collaboration leading to more effective linkages between publicly funded child care and development programs and other service providers. The survey was designed to evaluate project impact and to provide information about preschool programs. Following two training sessions and 6 months prior to intervention, local CARE district coordinators conducted telephone interviews with 120 preschool program directors in eight control and eight treatment counties. The following information was solicited: (1) program characteristics; (2) the program's current and needed services; (3) current networking and collaboration; (4) knowledge of other preschool services; (5) director's attitudes toward collaboration; (6) director's perceptions of the consequences of collaboration; (7) possible barriers to collaboration; and (8) director's professional experience. The results of the pretest indicated that preschool program directors in both the intervention and the comparison counties had very positive attitudes toward collaboration. In the posttest survey (a year later) the whole group of directors showed a slight, but statistically significant increase in their positive attitudes toward collaboration. Perhaps as a result of problems with the survey questionnaire, results did not suggest that the intervention itself had any positive impact on directors' perceptions. The telephone survey script and interview questionnaire are included. (CB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Administration for Children, Youth, and Families (DHHS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Tennessee Children's Services Commission, Nashville.
Identifiers: CARE Linkages Project; Tennessee
Note: For related documents, see PS 014 772-775.