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Performance Review of the Early Education and Child Care Programs Administered by the Florida Department of Education and the Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services , Report No. 94-25, December 1994

  • We evaluated five major strategies to assist in the integration of services to young children and their families: Adopt State Goals and Standards; Establish Minimum Education Standards and Child Care Services; Centralize Administration of Programs; Expand Incentives for Collaboration and Service Integration; and Create a State Level Work Group of Agency Administrators. To assess each of these strategies, we used criteria in seven areas: policy, planning, and resource allocation; communication; accountability; service delivery; state and federal regulatory barriers; and fiscal impact.
  • We believe that in order to overcome barriers to integrating services needed to prepare children for school, a combination of three of these strategies is necessary: (1) reinforce the state goals and standards for all programs serving young children and families through Blueprint 2000; (2) establish a state level work group to provide additional technical assistance and training to assist local communities in overcoming the problems confronting them in integrating services for young children and their families; and (3) provide local incentives such as grants to assist local communities in developing comprehensive strategies to reduce service fragmentation, close gaps, and minimize duplication of efforts to improve the current delivery of services.

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