The Assessing Models of Coordinated Services (AMCS) project, sponsored by the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE) within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) in DHHS, aims to improve understanding of approaches that are designed to coordinate ECE with other health and human services, such as those aiming to promote positive outcomes for family economic security, health, mental health, food and nutrition, and housing. OPRE also sponsors additional, ongoing projects that examine different aspects of coordinated services, including Next Steps for Rigorous Research on Two-Generation Approaches (NS2G), Understanding the Value of Centralized Services (VOCS), Head Start Connects, Building Capacity to Evaluate Community Collaborations to Strengthen and Preserve Families (CWCC), and State Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Case Studies, as well as others involved in cross-project collaboration work. To understand the features of state and local coordinated services approaches, the AMCS research team conducted a national scan. The scan is a first look at the characteristics and potential models of coordinated services at the state and local levels. Including tribal governments. AMCS intends this overview to inform the field about ways that state- and local-level approaches coordinate systems and services for families. This scan was not designed to be representative, and notably, coordinated services approaches without publicly available information might not have been identified. Additionally, about one-quarter of the coordinated services approaches identified through the scan did not respond to the research team’s request to confirm details about their activities. As a result, findings presented in this report are preliminary and not generalizable. (author abstract)
Assessing Models of Coordinated Services: A scan of state and local approaches to coordinating early care and education with other health and human services [Executive summary]
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