Head Start Needs Assessment
Ohio’s Head Start Collaboration Office (HSCO) exists “to facilitate collaboration among Head Start agencies and entities that carry out activities designed to benefit low-income children from birth to school entry, and their families.” The needs assessment was premised on the notion that strong and collaborative relationships between local Head Start centers, other local early childhood education providers and local agencies serving families of young children will enhance outcomes for Ohio’s families and young children. Thus, the focus of the needs assessment was to understand needs, assets, barriers and desires related to partnerships and opportunities for collaboration. In addition, the needs assessment provides a means to assess progress toward goals and outcomes specified in a 2012 needs assessment.
CETE’s Community Engagement and Evaluation Team is currently being commissioned to conduct identify local exemplars and provide professional development on behalf of the Ohio Head Start Collaboration Office at the Ohio Department of Education Professional development offerings will be designed to develop local capacity to more effectively collaborate with other local early childhood education providers and community agencies serving young children and their families.
Funded by: The Ohio Department of Education
Project Lead: Dr. Melissa Ross