ERIC Number: ED474782
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Southern Regional Initiative on Child Care. Collaboration among Child Care, Head Start, and Pre-Kindergarten: A Telephone Survey of Selected Southern States.
Campbell, Dottie C.
This study examined the type of collaboration occurring among child care, Head Start, and prekindergarten programs in eight southern states.The telephone survey was follow-up to a written survey of child care administrators in 15 southern states and the District of Columbia. Participating in the telephone survey were seven child care administrators and eight Head Start state collaboration directors from eight states. Participants had an opportunity to review questions prior to their interview and were allowed to submit responses in writing. Traditional areas of collaboration were identified, including professional development, extension of Head Start and prekindergarten for working parents, state planning committees to improve school readiness indicators, and development of parent education materials. Emerging areas of collaboration were also identified, including universal prekindergarten, early literacy, mental health, and comprehensive family support services. Each survey participant described up to three collaborative projects. Respondents generally agreed that policies were not a barrier to collaboration, but a few state child care policies were cited as burdensome by Head Start providers because they required that programs operate differently. Federal and state policies restricting funding to 4-year-olds were cited as problematic. Federal health policies restricting how states could use funds were also cited as a problem. Five states reported problems at some point with early childhood practice issues based in different program cultures or philosophies as obstacles to collaboration. States generally reported being open to technical assistance. Survey participants identified lessons learned from their collaborative projects, and their advice for federal officials was solicited. (Two appendices contain a list of the individuals interviewed for this report and the telephone survey instrument used.) (KB)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Child Care, Children, Early Childhood Education, Followup Studies, Partnerships in Education, Preschool Education, Public Policy, State Surveys, Telephone Surveys
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Los Altos, CA.
Authoring Institution: Southern Inst. on Children and Families, Columbia, SC.