ERIC Number: ED472533
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Sep
Reference Count: 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)
Descriptors: Cooperation, Delivery Systems, Educational Quality, Enrollment, Interviews, Mail Surveys, Models, Partnerships in Education, Preschool Education, Program Descriptions, Program Improvement, State Programs, Telephone Surveys
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
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