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 interests in serving young children and their families. Both qualitative and quantitative methods were utilized, aimed at understanding the needs of early childhood serving entities. 

In addition, our Associates conducted a study to understand partnerships and opportunities for collaboration including assessment of the desires, needs, assets, and barriers experienced by local program providers. The study was 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 community agencies serving families of young children.

A summary of the exemplar study can be viewed here. The study report serves as the foundation for the development and presentation of capacity building resources and professional development that will be offered to early childhood education providers across the state.

As a supplement to this work, the Ohio Department of Education’s Head Start Collaboration Office has commissioned CETE Associates to develop a series of professional development sessions geared towards increasing the awareness of Ohio’s early childhood professionals related to the social consequences of race and building their capacity to reduce negative impacts.  These sessions, collectively entitled Step Up Your Awareness, will offer participants the ability to unpack many issues related to race with facilitation by content experts using videos, presentations, and group activities. Additionally, participants will be offered culturally responsive classroom reading recommendations through the Step Up Your Bookshelf section featured after every session.

Funded by Ohio Department of Education

Project Contact Dr. Kenyona Walker 

Award Amount $96,721

Student developing writing skills in an early childhood classroom.