ERIC Number: ED476562
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
The Collaborative Planning Outreach Project: Building Comprehensive Early Childhood Systems. Final Report.
Smith, Barbara J.
This final report describes the objectives, activities and outcomes of a federally funded initiative to train and assist early childhood interagency teams in a model of planning systems and services for all young children, including children with disabilities and other special needs. The project is based on the value of stakeholder ownership in decision making. A key requirement asked of communities and state planners is to agree to establish a planning team of policy-level individuals including administrators, parents, practitioners, education agencies, childcare, Head Start and others. The project then assists the team to establish a shared goal or vision; assess policies and resources; develop action plans; target resources; and evaluate implementation. The unique systems-level focus of the training and technical assistance provided increases the ability of interagency teams to create coordinated systems of early childhood services, improve communication, blend resources so that all children can be together in inclusive settings, and make scarce resources go farther. The report includes information about each replication site's stakeholders, vision, objectives and final products. Also provided is a bulleted list of lessons learned, information about the project's dissemination activities and evaluation outcomes, and copies of four final documents produced by the project. (Author/SG)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Community Programs, Coordination, Disabilities, Early Childhood Education, Early Intervention, Educational Planning, Inclusive Schools, Infants, Integrated Services, Interpersonal Communication, Interprofessional Relationship, Preschool Education, Systems Approach, Team Training, Teamwork, Toddlers, Young Children
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Colorado Univ., Denver. Center for Collaborative Educational Leadership.
Identifiers - Location: Colorado; Louisiana; Nevada; Rhode Island