ERIC Number: ED358583
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Federal Policy for Early Childhood: Evaluation of Services for Children with Disabilities.
Hutchins, Vince L.
The field of early childhood intervention, which strives to meet the needs of infants and toddlers with disabilities, has come of age, but interagency collaboration to provide family-focused multidisciplinary services remains more a goal than a reality. Issues in the development of multidisciplinary services include fragmentation of services, initiatives for coordination, public and private sector involvement, partnerships for collaboration and coordination, and use of a vertical or horizontal structure. Activities of the Select Panel on the Promotion of Child Health in advocating development of community-based services are described, followed by a discussion of the origins of the Federal Interagency Coordinating Council of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The paper then reports on a number of leadership initiatives to improve the coordination of services through the promotion of public/private partnerships. The legislative impetus for change in service delivery is examined, and policy recommendations are offered. (Contains 25 references.) (JDD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Gallagher, James J., Ed., Fullager, Patricia K., Ed. The Coordination of Health and Other Services for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities: The Conundrum of Parallel Service Systems; see ED 353 705.