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

03/07/1995

In the conduct of its full-day program, MVCDC has collaborated with the local Metropolitan Housing Authorities, the local HUD representatives. In the summer of 1992, MVCDC's President and CEO approached the Dayton housing authority to talk about the opportunity to apply for the HUD/HHS funds and to open child care centers in housing projects. MVCDC was already operating Head Start programs in two housing projects (Hilltop and Parkside), but wanted to expand infant and toddler care and expand its overall service offerings. Upon award of the grant, appropriate renovations were made to the facilities.

HUD and MVCDC staff now coordinate principally by sharing information. Family Service Workers from MVCDC and HUD staff also may work together to help families. The MVCDC President and CEO calls HUD staff when there is a problem with the facilities or with interactions with HUD staff; HUD staff also may choose to make such a call. Members of both organizations meet on task forces and sometimes in joint training sessions. Head Start staff served on a HUD committee to hire HUD residents as Family Advocates. Thus, the collaboration is mostly in the form of joint assistance and information sharing. HUD — and other child care agencies in the community — are not involved in the funding of MVCDC's child care programs.

MVCDC staff also are thoroughly involved in the child care community in the cachement area. The President and CEO has played a series of major roles on the advisory board for the local Child Care Clearinghouse, a place where discussions occur concerning a wide variety of child care issues. She has served on a variety of county committees and planning groups concerned with child care and remains active in the Dayton Association for Young Children (an NAEYC affiliate).