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ERIC Number: ED472533
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Sep
Pages: 75
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Growing Partnerships: Head Start Collaboration in Illinois, September 2002.
Ruther, Gina; Gilmore, Gennie; Rich, Vanessa; Conley, Kimberly
This report synthesizes information from public record documents and comments from Early/Head Start program directors and activities from the Illinois Head Start Collaboration Office. Data were obtained from more than 101 mail survey responses from early childhood providers, 38 phone narrative/anecdotal surveys, more than 50 telephone surveys, and 7 "spotlight"interviews. The report is organized in seven sections. Section 1 provides a history and description of the development and make-up of collaborative arrangements used in Illinois Early/Head Start programs to provide services to low-income families. Section 2 describes current efforts to support and expand early care and education collaboration and to improve and sustain quality. Section 3 presents interviews with representatives of seven Early/Head Start educational partnerships describing the development of the partnerships and their effect on services. Section 4 summarizes mail and telephone survey data on the status of collaboration with Early/Head Start in Illinois, including collaborative arrangements, program options, funding sources, and enrollment figures. Section 5 examines the benefits and challenges of collaboration, program challenges, and activities to assure quality services. Section 6 presents a history of the Illinois Department of Human Services Head Start State Collaboration Office, including an overview of its accomplishments in the first 5-year period. Section 7 offers conclusions about the status of collaboration in Illinois and makes recommendations for improvements. Four appendices include a map and listing of Illinois Early/Head Start grantee agencies and a listing of collaboration office activities. (KB)
Illinois Head Start State Collaboration Office, 10 Collinsville Ave., Suite 203, East St. Louis, IL 62201. Tel: 618-583-2083; Fax: 618-583-2091.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Illinois State Dept. of Human Services, East St. Louis. Head Start State Collaboration Office.
Identifiers - Location: Illinois