Options for Full-Day Services for Children Participating in Head Start . Collaborative Arrangements


Full-day services are delivered by WCOP, without specific contracts or agreements with other agencies. However, over the years, WCOP has developed excellent working relationships with other county agencies that serve poor children and provide child care services. The Head Start director works closely with the executive director of the County Child Care Council as well as with the Department of Social Services. These three groups function as a team to find ways to provide services wherever gaps occur. The Head Start director also is involved in county-level planning that will affect services to poor children and low- income families. Overall, the child care coordinator for the county describes WCOP and its partners as a unified early childhood community.

The Head Start director also has an excellent working relationship with the regional office. In fact, the director indicated that many of her successes in expanding and upgrading services would not have been possible without the support of the regional office.