This document is designed to be helpful in guiding Head Start and other early childhood programs and their early intervention partners as they refine their practices and systems in collaboration and partnership. It begins by describing a survey and focused interviews that were conducted in August 2000 with three Early Head Start (EHS) directors and three Early Supports and Services directors, with the primary goal of determining the range, depth, and longevity of the participants' respective collaborative relationships. A follow-up questionnaire was then developed and addressed four major areas: referral (including outreach and intake); decision-making (including evaluation, individualized planning, and periodic review); service delivery (including home visits and group activities); and transition (including identification of and referral to other programs). The follow-up questionnaire incorporated the 40 administrative and policy structures and interpersonal factors identified under the four coding categories into a rating chart. Program directors were asked to determine if their programs currently do this type of activity, if they would like their programs to try to implement this activity, or if they think it would be impossible to do this activity at this time. This report highlights the findings of the completed questionnaires and subsequent telephone interviews with the participating program directors. Results, feedback, and additional comments are discussed, starting with information shared by program partners in each of the targeted communities, then followed by comments and reflections integrated into general recommendations. Findings indicate all three partnerships indicated strengths in the areas of interpersonal relationships among staff to facilitate collaboration and service integration for the benefit of families. Of the four categories of service integration, the most collaborative in nature was service implementation and the least collaborative in nature was transition. Recommendations for improved collaboration are discussed. 1 reference.
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Collaboration in New Hampshire : a look at service integration between Early Head Start and family-centered early supports and services.