ERIC Number: ED435153
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Nov-1
Reference Count: N/A
Enhancing Community Options for Families of Young Children. Final Report.
This report describes activities and accomplishments of the Community Options Project, a 5-year effort to enhance the capacity of eight local communities in New Hampshire and Maine to include young children (birth to age 6) with disabilities and their families in typical early childhood programs and to enhance the quality of these programs for all young children. The project features five major components: (1) state-level advisory committees; (2) community teams; (3) individualized support (both project support of teams and team support of parents and providers); (4) dissemination; and (5) evaluation. Outcomes exceeded expectations and included increased numbers of children and families participating in community programs in New Hampshire; increased numbers of early childhood community programs available to families and children in both states; enhanced quality of early childhood programs in both states; changes in systems to promote inclusive early care and education in both states; and enhanced public awareness of the benefits of quality early care and education in both states. Appendices include a project products list and samples, a summary of the Maine survey and state planning team meeting, a summary of the PATH (Planning Alternative Tomorrows with Hope) process, and a summary of focus group interviews with New Hampshire teams. (Contains 12 references.) (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: New Hampshire Univ., Durham. Inst. on Disability.
Identifiers - Location: Maine; New Hampshire