Head Start Collaboration

The Ohio Department of Education’s Head Start Collaboration Office commissioned our associates to conduct a needs assessment in support of their mission to promote and facilitate effective collaborations among diverse groups with shared interest in serving young children and their families, so that Ohio children have the high-quality early experiences necessary to reach their full potential. Both qualitative and quantitative methods were utilized, aimed at understanding the needs of early childhood serving entities. 

This multi-year project involves our associates conducting a study to provide a thorough understanding of partnerships and opportunities for collaboration including the desires, needs, assets, and barriers experienced by local program providers. The study is designed to illuminate successes and related policies/practices from exemplars across the state with an eye toward the development of capacity building resources and professional development intended to support Head Start providers’ efforts to effectively collaborate with other local early childhood education providers and local community agencies serving families of young children. The study report will serve as the foundation for the development and presentation of capacity building resources and professional development that will be offered to local early childhood education providers across the state.

Funded by Ohio Department of Education

Project Contact Dr. Melissa Ross

Award Amount $30,000

Student developing writing skills in an early childhood classroom.