ERIC Number: ED423644
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Oct-18
Reference Count: N/A
Project Dakota Outreach: Final Report.
This final report describes the activities of Project Dakota Outreach, an early education program for children with disabilities designed to assist families living in Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Empowerment and Enterprise Zones in Texas, New York, and Minnesota. The major feature of the model is power-balancing, a concept comprised of family-staff interaction protocols that lead to staff responsiveness to families throughout early intervention teamwork and services. The project staff aided local programs in determining practice and procedure needs and in training staff to use new and adapted practices. The project formed relationships of significant duration in certain settings, where requested, in order to help interested programs follow through in meeting complex regulatory structures. All training and consultation services were tailored to the particular setting's constellation of cultural and community resources. The project also served state leaders and regional leaders through participation in their initiatives and in product review and development. The project's specialization in urban early intervention led to the creation of new formats for training and program improvement. The report describes the goals and objectives for the project, the framework, the model and participants, problems or changes that were faced, and the outcomes of the projects. Appendices include a curricula for urban early intervention and a description of Erie County's (New York) "Partners in Program Development" early intervention program. (CR)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Cultural Differences, Curriculum Development, Disabilities, Disadvantaged Environment, Early Childhood Education, Early Intervention, Family Programs, Interdisciplinary Approach, Models, Outreach Programs, Public Agencies, Staff Development, State Agencies, Training Methods, Urban Areas
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Lifeworks, Inc., Eagan, MN.