ERIC Number: ED422067
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Annual Needs Assessment, 1998: Region V Head Start-Child Care Partnerships & Training and Technical Assistance Needs in the Area of Disabilities.
Bhagwanji, Yash; Bennett, Tess
The Great Lakes Quality Improvement Center for Disabilities (Region V QIC-D or GLQIC-D) serves Head Start Programs in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin, and conducts an annual needs assessment of the Head Start Disability Services Coordinators. For 1998, 264 coordinators completed the survey, which gathered information regarding Head Start-Child Care partnerships and initiatives, training and technical assistance needs regarding parents with disabilities, and needs in library resources regarding disabilities. Other sections of the survey included items on census information, and training and technical assistance needs in the areas of policies, planning, classroom concerns, and multicultural issues. Among the findings: (1) in terms of disabilities, the three most common diagnoses for infants and toddlers were speech-language disorders, developmental delays, and orthopedic disabilities; (2) 58 percent of the programs reported plans to expand or implement full-day child care, and 41 percent were planning or expanding to provide full-year services; (3) over half of programs were partnering with child care centers, public preschool programs and early intervention programs; and (4) supports needed for improvement included more funding, additional training in child advocacy and disabilities, and improvement in child care subsidies. (Data are presented in tables with explanatory notes. A copy of the survey is included.) (JPB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Dept. of Special Education.