State & Local Collaboration

PDF Improving Care Coordination and Service Linkages to Support Healthy Child Development: Early Lessons and Recommendations from a Five-State Consortium (2011), highlights the pilot efforts of five states, funded through the Assuring Better Child Health and Development (ABCD III) initiative, to promote linkages between primary care providers and programs to optimize child development, including early intervention (Part C).

The National Infant & Toddler Child Care Initiative and the Early Head Start for Family Child Care Project have collaborated on a PDF: guide (2011) that highlights characteristics of successful community-level partnerships between child care and Early Head Start. In addition, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published PDF: Collaborative Partnerships Between Early Care & Education and Child Welfare (2011) which outlines ways these two systems can best support at-risk children and their families. Finally, in their publication Cross-System Collaboration: A Fresh Look at Working Together (2011), HHS provided state examples of agencies working together to increase access to quality programs.

The PDF: Handbook on Developing and Evaluating Interagency Collaboration in Early Childhood Special Education Programs (2007), developed by the Special Education Division, California Department of Education, presents guidelines for agencies and providers to help them create and implement agreements between and among early intervention agencies.

The Collaborative Planning Project (CPP) The CPP was a three-year (1998-2001) federal outreach project, based at The Center for Collaborative Educational Leadership at the University of Colorado in Denver, Colorado. The project provided training and technical assistance to local interagency teams to create a coordinated system of early care and education services to young children, birth through five and their families; improve relationships and communication among agencies; and maximize and blend resources. Project materials below are available in the full text:

Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center

  • CB 8040
  • Chapel Hill, NC 27599-8040
  • phone: 919.962.2001
  • fax: 919.966.7463
  • email: ectacenter@unc.edu

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 H326P170001 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.

Project Officer: Julia Martin Eile

  • UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute
  • IDEAs that Work: Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education