Community Assessment

Collaborative Partnerships

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As noted throughout this guide, all programs must establish community relationships and partnerships with local organizations to facilitate access to services that are responsive to children and families (45 CFR §1302.53(a)). The community assessment findings will help programs make informed decisions about whether and with whom to establish agreements, procedures, and contracts. Based on community assessment data, discussions with potential partners can focus on where services might best be delivered and how to coordinate those services to meet the unique needs of eligible children and families.

Programs are also required to promote the coordination of systems of comprehensive early childhood services to low-income families (45 CFR §1302.53(b)). Using the community assessment data, programs can determine appropriate partners for service provision, information-sharing, and ongoing communication.