In summer 2019, the Office of Head Start (OHS) brought together teams from 13 school districts and local Head Start programs. The teams consisted of superintendents, principals, program directors, educators, other staff, and parents. Their purpose was to address the need for better collaboration between Head Start and K-12 education with a focus on improving the transition to kindergarten (TTK).
Each team established action plans to implement in the 2019-2020 school year. Thus, the OHS & Public Schools Collaboration Demonstration Project (CDP) was launched. The CDP brought together many early childhood partners, including some of the Head Start Collaboration Offices (HSCO). The CDP impacted TTK procedures and policies at the local, state, and national levels. The stakeholders at all levels are committed to continuing their collaboration efforts to improve the transition of children and families into the public schools.
This report outlines the work of the CDP and suggests practice implications for future collaborative work in this area. The report has five parts:
- Planning and Implementing the CDP
- Highlights and Achievements of the CDP
- Themes and Practice Implications of the CDP
- Appendices (A-G)
Resource Type: Publication
National Centers: Early Childhood Development, Teaching and Learning
Age Group: Preschoolers
Last Updated: September 26, 2023