ERIC Number: ED478473
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Community Approaches to Serving Four-Year-Old Children in Wisconsin: Lessons Learned from Wisconsin Communities.
Rodgers-Rhyme, Anne; Wright, Arlene
The Wisconsin Forces for Four-Year-Olds Project promotes a collaborative community approach to offering universal access to four-year-old kindergarten services for Wisconsin 4-year-olds. Presented in three major sections, this report offers an overview of a community approach to serving 4-year-olds, summarizes experiences in seven communities around the state with existing four-year-old kindergarten collaboratives, and discusses the benefits and challenges of community approaches. Information is based on questionnaires and focus group sessions conducted in Eau Claire, La Crosse, Portage, Madison, Milwaukee, Montello, and Wausau as community planning partners reflected on their successes, challenges, and advice they would give to other communities. Study participants identified lessons learned related to start-up, collaboration among partners, public awareness and community support, planning and decision making, delivery models, staffing patterns, program standards and curriculum, and shared resources. The report concludes by asserting that the most important lesson learned is that if a community starts with a group of interested citizens able to build consensus around common beliefs and vision, their passion infuses a can-do attitude that can make the vision possible. The report's three appendices contain a bibliography of eight references and five related websites, list contacts for existing Wisconsin community approaches, and present sample documents from Wisconsin community approaches. (KB)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Child Care, Community Coordination, Community Programs, Delivery Systems, Educational Innovation, Focus Groups, Preschool Children, Preschool Education, Program Descriptions, Questionnaires, 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/eccommap.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin State Dept. of Public Instruction, Madison.