ERIC Number: ED462190
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Wisconsin Early Childhood Collaborating Partners: Working To Transform Early Childhood Education & Care.
The Wisconsin Early Childhood Collaborating Partners (WECCP) is a grassroots effort providing leadership and guidance to state agencies and local organizations in facilitating the development and implementation of a plan to permit every child and family in Wisconsin access to a blended, comprehensive delivery system for high quality early childhood education and care. This report outlines WECCP activities and collaborative accomplishments, identifies deficiencies in the current service delivery system, and highlights opportunities for action. Following introductory remarks, the report presents a rationale for focusing attention on the quality of early childhood education and care, emphasizing research supporting collaboration and public investment in children. A narrative recounting events in one day of a child's life illustrates the confusing nature of the current system for early childhood education and care. The report next describes early childhood settings and their confused funding streams, providing an overview of several major programs related to child care, Head Start, public education, and children with special needs. Also presented is the vision of the WECCP for forging public policy providing infrastructure for a comprehensive early childhood system. This vision addresses four areas: (1) public policy, structure, and family economics; (2) equity, access, and families as consumers; (3) quality services for all children; and (4) professional development. The report then details achievements of the WECCP and their partners, which include success-building efforts in five major areas: community development, professional development, leadership development, service delivery, and network development. Opportunities for promoting the WECCP vision are then delineated for government, early childhood associations, communities, existing early childhood programs, business and civic groups, higher education, and parents or family members. The report's two appendices contain 12 references and the endorsing partners of the WECCP. (KB)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Cooperation, Day Care, Delivery Systems, Early Childhood Education, Financial Support, Models, Program Descriptions, Public Policy, State Programs
For full text: http://www.collaboratingpartners.com.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Wisconsin State Dept. of Public Instruction, Madison.; Cooperative Educational Service Agency #5, Portage, WI.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin