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ERIC Number: ED416956
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 116
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Increasing Family Support Capacity in Child Care Centers through Regional Networking and Information Sharing.
Rucker, Karen L.
Society as a whole has become more transient, creating a weakened network for families in need of assistance. The child care center has the ability to create a support system for families via referrals to outside agencies, support groups, and organizations. This practicum project assessed a strategy to address the difficulty a child care agency may have in linking families with outside resources. The emphasis of the project was to create a training session for administrators and a categorized comprehensive resource directory to assist directors, or other administrators in direct contact with families, in utilizing the services of other agencies, including the process for appropriate referrals. A review of literature and anecdotal examples pointed out the necessity for collaboration in meeting the complex needs of today's family. The solution strategy included interviews with extra-agency family support programs to learn not only what services they provide, but to glean information on successful collaboration. This information was compiled into a brief guidebook to be used as a tool in creating a system of collaboration. The guidebook, in conjunction with the comprehensive resource directory and administrator training, began to equip child care directors with the tools they need to meet their agency's goal of supporting families as partners. The response to the resource directory was favorable, as directors found resources for current families attending their child care centers. (Appendices include the comprehensive resource directory, brief guidebook to collaboration, and training materials. Contains 26 references.) (EV)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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