ERIC Number: ED470318
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Northwest CT DCF/Head Start Collaboration: A Head Start-Child Welfare Partnership Description, Results and Recommendations [and] A Protocol for Working Together.
Connecticut Head Start State Collaboration Office, Hartford.
This document contains a report describing a collaborative initiative involving the regional office and two sub-offices of the Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF) and four Head Start programs in northwest Connecticut that resulted in positive outcomes for children and families, agency staff, and their communities. Also included is a manual detailing the protocol used. The report describes the initiative and the process of creating, implementing, and evaluating a protocol, a set of strategies for better working together. The report summarizes results of the pilot year and offers recommendations for continuing and expanding the initiative. Individual offices collected data reflecting the frequency of contact on selected indicators for 3 months prior to starting the pilot phase and for 3 months following the pilot phase. Agency staff completed pre- and post-pilot surveys regarding their perceptions of one another's program and their level of contact. "Story" forms were used to record narrative data on particularly positive or challenging experiences. Nearly all data indicated increased staff knowledge about one another's programs and increased contact in a variety of areas. Community reports and stories provided detailed accounts of knowledge and contact and helped identify areas where additional attention is needed. Attachments to the report include an outline of agency dialogue and staff surveys. The protocol manual details collaboration plans regarding identification and reporting of child abuse/neglect, communication in open DCF investigations, treatment planning and case management, child placement, DCF referrals to Head Start, and agency planning. Appendices to the manual include sample forms, Head Start regulations, and DCF policies. (KB)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Child Welfare, Interprofessional Relationship, Partnerships in Education, Pilot Projects, Preschool Children, Preschool Education, Pretests Posttests, Program Descriptions, Program Evaluation
Connecticut Collaboration for Young Children, Office of Community Relations and Public Affairs, Commissioner's Office, 25 Sigourney Street, Hartford, CT 06106. Tel: 860-424-5066; Fax: 860-424-4960.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Connecticut Head Start State Collaboration Office, Hartford.
Identifiers - Location: Connecticut