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ERIC Number: ED350110
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Moving Toward a Unified System of Child Development and Family Support Services in Vermont: Increasing Coordination among Early Education, Early Childhood Special Education (Birth through Five), Child Care, Head Start and Parent Child Centers.
Mitchell, Anne; And Others
Vermont experienced a rapid expansion of federal childhood funding and programs (accompanied by their voluminous and sometimes contradictory regulations), and identified the need to unify the system after recognizing that the complexity of the early childhood education service delivery system was bewildering for parent-consumers. This report describes the process and initial actions of the "ad hoc Early Education, Child Care Work Group" that designed a plan to unify child care and early education services in Vermont by improving collaboration and removing barriers. The report contains Vermont's Early Education/Child Care Action Plan and describes the state's goals which include developing: (1) community early childhood settings throughout the state that will demonstrate enhanced capacity to integrate specialized services (for example, mental health, special education, health, and parent education) and their programs; (2) compatible child development standards in the areas of personnel, program, service delivery, and facility; (3) accreditation, by national accrediting bodies, of all early education and child care programs. Other recommendations pertain to the coordination and integration of training and resources. The report also contains descriptions of child care coordinating programs in Iowa, Virginia, New York, and Florida. Appendices include the interview questions for participants in the session; fact sheets to be filled in for programs; a reading list for work session participants; definitions of commonly used terms; and an outline of the planning process used to create action plans. (SM)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Child Development, Community Involvement, Coordination, Day Care, Delivery Systems, Educational Policy, Family Programs, Participative Decision Making, Preschool Education, Public Policy, Special Education, State Programs
Child Care Services Division, Department of SRS, 103 South Main Street, Waterbury, VT 05671-2401.
Publication Type: Reports - General; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Vermont State Dept. of Social and Rehabilitative Services, Waterbury. Child Care Services Div.; Vermont State Dept. of Education, Montpelier.
Identifiers: Family Support; Integrated Services; Parent Child Centers; Project Head Start; Vermont