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


No special collaborative arrangements are used for the delivery of full-day services. However, as mentioned above, the university contributes significantly to the program, both financially and programmatically. For example, the program serves a large number of children with disabilities (between 25 and 30 percent of the Head Start enrollment), because of the wealth of university resources for children with special needs, and because WKUCCC is one of the few programs in the area that will serve these children. The program also serves a large percentage of foster children, since many university-affiliated employees are foster parents. In addition, students from the university who are earning their degree in early childhood education serve as part-time paid and volunteer teacher's aides, while those earning degrees in social work often volunteer or conduct formal internships as part-time family service workers.

Other programs operated by the grantee also enhance full-day services: its Technical Assistance Support Center (TASC) for Head Start's Region IV-B, Head Start Teaching Center (HSTC), and WKU's Child Development Associate (CDA) training program. Under a $40,000 grant from the CCDBG program, the grantee maintains a computer database of child care providers for parents who request referrals, and provides consumer education regarding the characteristics of quality child care. In addition, the grantee provides staff training based upon the Head Start philosophy to approximately 150 private providers.