ERIC Number: ED462188
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Collaboration 101 Guidebook.
Illinois State Dept. of Human Services, East St. Louis. Head Start State Collaboration Office.
Head Start has a long history of providing comprehensive child and family development services to low-income children and families. Noting that this history can serve as a model as early childhood and care programs work toward greater collaboration with other programs and agencies to improve child well-being and help move families toward self-sufficiency, this guidebook provides guidance in successful collaboration practices. The guidebook begins with a definition of collaboration and information on the history of Head Start in meeting families' changing needs, meeting child care needs, and meeting community needs. The guidebook then describes some commonly used collaboration approaches and barriers to successful collaboration. The guidebook also provides suggestions for overcoming barriers, delineates principles of successful partnerships, and details tips for leading meetings. The bulk of the guidebook details a step-by-step process for developing collaborative relationships involving: (1) planning for collaboration; (2) identifying potential partners; (3) identifying the benefits of collaboration; (4) developing the collaborative partnership; (5) managing the partnership; (6) monitoring and assessing the collaboration; (7) strengthening the relationship; and (8) evaluating the collaboration. Included are sample forms related to each step in the process. A list of Illinois Head Start programs that have developed successful collaborative partnerships in their community is provided, along with web site and print resources for collaboration. The guidebook concludes with descriptions of the following Illinois programs: Head Start, Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) early childhood programs, ISBE early childhood special education, Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) child care programs, and IDHS early intervention programs. (KB)
Descriptors: Agencies, Agency Cooperation, Cooperation, Day Care, Early Intervention, Low Income Groups, Models, Partnerships in Education, Planning, Preschool Education, Program Descriptions, Self Evaluation (Groups)
Illinois Head Start State Collaboration Office, 10 Collinsville Avenue, Suite 203, East St. Louis, IL 62201. Tel: 618-583-2083; Fax: 618-583-2091; e-mail: email@example.com; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Administration for Children, Youth, and Families (DHHS), Washington, DC. Head Start Bureau.
Authoring Institution: Illinois State Dept. of Human Services, East St. Louis. Head Start State Collaboration Office.