Tips on How to Develop a Professional Development Partnership

Collaborating with other early childhood organizations that have training needs can build efficient partnerships. Head Start program staff will find this information helpful in learning how to develop relationships and how to achieve finding common ground in training ideas and practices. This resource also provides tips on how staff can identify stakeholders, build trust, and achieve stated program outcomes.

Supporting Transitions: Resources for Building Collaboration

Supporting transitions can have positive effects on children and families, and collaboration is key to effective transition. Each brief in this series focuses on a different partnership level: the child and family, early educators, early care and education (ECE) programs, and ECE partners.

Session 5: Elements of Team Functioning

Building on Volume 3, Session 4, Building Effective Teams, this session explores the elements of effective teaming through the movie, Sister Act, starring Whoopi Goldberg (available to purchase in stores or online).

Session 5: Developing Family-Service Provider Collaboration

This session emphasizes the importance of building relationships with families in developing family-service provider collaboration. The video, Embrace Possibilities, is viewed to observe specific examples of what that family-service provider collaboration can look like and what families view as important in building those collaborative relationships so that they can be informed decision-makers for their child and themselves.

Session 5: Making It Happen for Families

This session is designed to help participants consider issues that arise when including infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families in early care and education programs and to practice the "Cause to Pause" activity for identifying issues in inclusive settings.

Session 3: When Concerns Arise: Learning from Families' Experiences

This session covers information that is important to families and service providers when a disability is first identified. The video, Embrace Possibilities, shares information from the perspectives of families, early care and education, and early intervention service providers on how to identify a possible delay in development or a disability in an infant or toddler.

Session 8: Just Do It

This session focuses on the specialized activities and accommodations that can, during normal routines, be provided in inclusive settings to serve an infant or toddler with a significant disability. The session's approach is based on the belief that all staff members share the responsibility of ensuring that each child's specialized needs are met in a way that supports the child's development while nurturing relationships with the child and family.