ERIC Number: ED478471
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Creating a Community Approach to Serving Four-Year-Old Children in Wisconsin. Public Awareness Packet.
Landsverk, Ruth Anne
The Wisconsin Forces for Four-Year-Olds Project promotes the community approach to offering universal access to quality care and learning services for Wisconsin 4-year-olds. Based on the view that quality early education opportunities have life-long benefits for children and the communities in which they live, this public awareness packet summarizes how the community approach to serving all 4-year-olds can be implemented and is designed to be used by communities to create their own public awareness plans. The packet describes the purpose of the project, outlines a rationale for serving 4-year-olds, and delineates benefits of the community approach for children, families, schools, child care, and Head Start. The packet also describes the community approach and offers suggestions for initiating the effort, including inviting key stakeholders, gauging public sentiment, and setting realistic timelines. Strategies for non-public school partners are delineated and include taking the initiative with school boards, building on existing relationships, and connecting with teachers. Suggestions for improving collaboration among planning committee members include focusing on the vision and building trust through frank communication and joint decision making. The packet then describes possible program options for 4-year-olds, including programs at community sites with a licensed prekindergarten or school district teacher and at-home educational support. Issues to be addressed by community planning groups relate to transportation, personnel, program standards, and site-specific situations. The packet emphasizes the importance of engaging the media as partners and shares practices to encourage positive media relations. Finally, eight research or policy reports dealing with the effectiveness of early education are summarized for community use in their public awareness campaigns. Sample community materials complete the packet. (KB)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Child Care, Community Coordination, Community Planning, Community Programs, Delivery Systems, Educational Planning, Preschool Children, Preschool Education, Public Relations, Public Support, State Programs
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, 125 S. Webster Street, P.O. Box 7841, Madison, WI 53707-7841. Tel: 800-441-4563 (Toll Free); Fax: 608-266-2529; Web site: http://www.dpi.state.wi.us. For full text: http://www.dpi.state.wi.us/dpi/dlcl/bbfcsp/pdf/eccreata.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin State Dept. of Public Instruction, Madison.
Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin