Collaborating With Community-Based Organizations
Delivery of prekindergarten programs in New York State is unique since it utilizes a mixed delivery system. Partnerships exist between Head Start programs, Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) and school districts to provide prekindergarten instruction to three- and four-year-old students.
To be successful, these partnerships require stakeholders to have a clear and shared understanding of:
- high quality early childhood education and care;
- community-wide benefits of the partnership;
- how to implement comprehensive services;
- differing policies and regulations that each partner operates under and how to coordinate these differences ; and
- how to manage, monitor and coordinate the partnership and associated services
The Office of Children and Family Services serves New York's public by promoting the safety, permanency and well-being of our children, families and communities. OCFS is dedicated to improving the integration of services for New York’s children, youth, families and vulnerable populations; to promoting their development; and to protecting them from violence, neglect, abuse and abandonment. The agency provides a system of family support, juvenile justice, child care and child welfare services that promote the safety and well-being of children and adults.
This Tip Sheet is an outline of the areas that partners should consider before creating a formal partnership agreement. This document is intended to serve as a guide to aide in partnership formation and delegation of roles – it is for internal use and does not need to be turned in to the New York State Education Department. It can also be used for an annual self-assessment.
Located on the NYS Council on Children and Families website, this guide is intended as a supplement to the Early Childhood Guide to Blending & Braiding in New York. The information is similar to the earlier guide; however, this one focuses more on braiding and blending action steps and scenarios related to all early childhood education program providers. This publication was developed as a practical tool to support the planning process that leads to a blended or braided fiscal model. It walks the reader through several scenarios of blending and braiding as a fiscal strategy and also contains detailed definitions on blending and braiding.