Performance Improvement 2006. Early Care and Education Partnerships: State Actions and Local Lessons


This report presents the findings from a three-year study of a randomly selected sample of 141 child care providers in Ohio. Half of the providers participated in partnerships with Head Start and half served as comparison centers. The report describes the nature of partnerships, including details about the financial resources, supervision, training, and professional development provided to child care centers. The report also provides details about differences in child care teachers who are employed by partnering centers and comparison centers. Differences in parents’ perceptions of services and quality are also presented. The study found that child care centers in partnership with Head Start are more likely than comparison centers to: (A) Offer screenings, referrals, and services such as developmental screenings, referrals to medical services, and other services, such as physical therapy; (B) Offer more services to parents, such as GED classes or adult literacy classes; (C) Offer job benefits, such as vacation and sick time to  teachers; (D) Have lower ratios of children to teachers; (E) Offer a structured curriculum to children.

PIC ID: 8217; Agency Sponsor: ACF-ACYF, Administration on Children, Youth and Families; Federal Contact: Martinez-Beck, Ivelisse, 202-690-7885; Performer: Education Development Center, Newton, MA

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