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.
“Pre-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