ERIC Number: ED439578
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Mar
Partners Plus: Families and Caregivers in Partnerships. Model Demonstration. Final Report.
Garland, Corrine W.; Frank, Adrienne; Ownby, Lisa L.
This final report discusses the activities and outcomes of Partners Plus: Families and Caregivers in Partnerships, a model demonstration project designed to expand respite care options for families of children (birth to 8 years old) with disabilities. The program uses a natural and family-centered model that involves families in the design, implementation, and evaluation of respite care. The goals of the project were: (1) to develop and implement a model of respite care that is designed, implemented, and evaluated by families; (2) to disseminate information and materials/projects to promote quality respite care and lead to the replication of the model; (3) to coordinate and promote continued support for project activities with state and local agencies/resources responsible for planning, implementing, and monitoring respite, child care, and services to children with special needs and their families; and (4) to field test a model of respite care. The model helps families learn how to find and train their own respite caregivers. Evaluation data from the demonstration and field-test sites provided evidence that the project was successful in implementing activities, increasing caregivers' knowledge and comfort, and increasing families' respite options. Appendices include the Partners Plus curriculum and training materials. (Contains 22 references.) (CR)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Child Caregivers, Day Care, Demonstration Programs, Disabilities, Early Childhood Education, Family Involvement, Family Programs, Field Tests, Infants, Models, Parent Education, Parent Participation, Personnel Selection, Preschool Children, Primary Education, Recruitment, Respite Care, Special Health Problems, State Agencies, Toddlers
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC. Early Education Program for Children with Disabilities.
Authoring Institution: Child Development Resources, Norge, VA.