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Report focuses on collaborations for early childhood success

For preschool, Head Start and child care programs

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 9, 2015) — The Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence released a report today that provides details about elements of successful collaborations across the state involving state-funded preschool, Head Start and child care programs.

poricthacPre-K Collaboration in Kentucky: Maximizing Resources for Kindergarten Readiness is designed to provide information for school leaders, early care and education professionals and advocates on possible avenues for providing high-quality services while dealing with the realities of limited resources.

The report said factors to consider when developing a collaborative program include:

  • Leadership that is committed to and focused on early childhood programming
  • Facilities – whether in a school or a community-based child care program
  • Staff and professional development to ensure that instruction is delivered by qualified teachers with support from classroom assistants
  • An understanding of the different regulatory requirements that partner programs must meet
  • Financing that focuses on maximizing state and federal resources
  • Transportation costs that can be major expenditures, particularly in rural communities
  • Recruiting students by offering services that meet the scheduling needs of working families