Improving Systems, Practices and Outcomes

Interagency Agreements

To develop a system of collaborative services, state agencies rely on agreements between involved parties. This section contains examples of agreements between state agencies, Head Start, and others in support of young children with disabilities, and guidance on writing interagency agreements.

Examples of Interagency Agreements

Ages Birth to 6 Years

  • North Carolina: A DOC: revised interagency agreement, October 2001, for the provision of services to children with, or at risk for, disabilities ages birth through five, and their families, under Parts C and B of IDEA. The purpose of this agreement is to ensure cooperation in the development of a statewide, comprehensive, coordinated, collaborative, multidisciplinary, and interagency service delivery system.
  • Wisconsin: The full text of the PDF: November 2001 agreement that provides a state level framework that guides and supports the development of collaborative efforts and local interagency agreements related to services for young children with disabilities and their families. This agreement describes the roles, responsibilities requirements, and best practices strategies for community programs as they work together to improve the cooperative efforts around child find, referral/evaluation, referral timelines, evaluations, individualized planning/service delivery, transition, and additional cooperative arrangements. This agreement provides guidelines to maximize resources and avoid duplication of services.
Ages Birth to 3 Years
  • New Jersey: The full text of the June 2003 PDF: multi-agency agreement for the purpose of developing an interactive, cooperative relationship at the State level that results in effective and efficient services and supports for eligible infants, toddlers and their families, and minimizes duplication of such services and supports. It promotes cooperative fiscal planning that will maximize utilization of available funds for providing services and support to the eligible population.

Interagency Agreements Related to Transition

Head Start Agreements

Guidance on Writing Interagency Agreements

Checklist for Developing a Partnership Agreement/Contract (updated November 2014) - This checklist can be used to assist early education partners in developing a comprehensive agreement that clearly addresses each partner's roles and responsibilities and many of the elements needed for the partnership to run smoothly. While agreements can and should be reviewed and revised over time, a strong agreement forged early in the partnership lays the foundation for a strong and sustainable collaboration.

PDF: Elements for Inclusion in Interagency Agreements, by Gloria L. Harbin & Jacqui Van Horn, March 1990, Carolina Policy Studies Program, FPG Child Development Institute, UNC-Chapel Hill

PDF: Interagency Agreement Checklist (2005) - This checklist provides guidance for local interagency agreements for services to families and children with disabilities. This checklist was developed in accordance with the Head Start Performance Standards and IDEA.

West Virginia: PDF: West Virginia Side by Side Summary of Key Requirements of Participating Early Childhood Systems (October 2000): A Technical Assistance Document to Support Local Collaboration, October 2000. This chart lists legal requirements under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Part C (for WV Birth to Three); IDEA, Part B (for preschool special education), and Head Start Performance Standards. Requirements are organized according to 12 areas of collaboration: (1) family involvement; (2) child outreach/child find; (3) service eligibility; (4) individual program planning; (5) primary and related services; (6) service delivery; (7) resource sharing; (8) transition; (9) confidentiality; (10) records transfer; (11) joint staff training; and (12) sharing child count data.

West Virginia: WWW: WV Website for Local Interagency Agreement and Collaborative Procedures Development. County teams can use the website templates and related resources to develop interagency agreements and collaborative procedures related to the services for all young children and their families who are served through agencies such as WV Birth to Three, Early Head Start, Head Start, Preschool Special Education, Universal Pre-k, Child Care and related organizations. (downloaded 7/19/10)

Minnesota: PDF: Developing an Interagency Structure for Local Coordination of Services Governance Manual, 2002. Legislation in Minnesota supports the development and implementation of a coordinated, multidisciplinary, interagency intervention service system for children and youth with disabilities, ages birth to 21. The PDF: IIIP Guidebook:Individual Interagency Intervention Plan: Through Age 21, 2004 provides technical assistance to local agencies and communities in planning and creating formal relationships and decision-making processes that support coordinated service delivery.

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The ECTA Center is a program of the FPG Child Development Institute of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, funded through cooperative agreement number H326P120002 from the Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education. Opinions expressed herein do not necessarily represent the Department of Education's position or policy.

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