ERIC Number: ED477432
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
Full-Day, Full-Year Early Care and Education Partnerships: Recommendations of the Collaborative Partners Work Group.
Zito, Michael; Silver, Michael
Although state and federal early care and education administrators have been encouraging providers to form partnerships to develop full-day, full-year service options in response to families' changing needs, regulatory differences have hampered the success of such partnerships. This report presents the recommendations of the Collaborative Partners Work Group (CPWG), a group of California Head Start and state-funded early care and education program administrators, federal program staff, and state program staff convened to assist programs considering full-day, full-year partnerships. Beginning with messages from the Administration for Children and Families and the California Department of Education, the report identifies four challenges for partnerships related to partners' income eligibility differences, class size requirements, staff qualifications, and length of program eligibility. The report next presents guiding principles for full-day, full-year partnerships and describes three partnership models (Head Start partnered with state preschools, general child care programs, or family child care home networks), including information on staffing ratios and staff education requirements, and strengths and challenges presented by each model. Examples illustrate possible implementation strategies for each of the program models. Cost allocation and enhancement are two acceptable fiscal approaches described in the report. The report then summarizes selected federal and state fiscal requirements and other guidance applicable to collaboration. The report concludes with a list of technical assistance resources. Three appendices include further guidance and clarification related to income eligibility, funding and partnership opportunities, and answers to common questions about full-day, full-year partnerships. (KB)
Descriptors: Child Care, Early Childhood Education, Models, Partnerships in Education, Program Descriptions, Program Implementation, State Programs
California Department of Education, CDE Press, Sales Office, P.O. Box 271, Sacramento, CA 95812-0271. Tel: 916-445-1260; Fax: 916-323-0823; Web site: http://www.cde.ca.gov.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento. Div. of Child Development.
Authoring Institution: California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento.; California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento. Head Start-State Collaboration Office.
Identifiers - Location: California