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National Migrant & Seasonal Head Start Collaboration Office: Needs assessment: 2012 survey results

The Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007 (Head Start Act) requires that the NMSHSCO conduct a needs assessment of Migrant and Seasonal Head Start grantees that addresses the needs "with respect to collaboration, coordination and alignment of services, and alignment of curricula and assessments used in Head Start programs with the Head Start Child Outcomes Framework and, as appropriate, State early learning standards." Head Start Act Section 642(B)(4)(A)(2)(i). The Head Start Act also requires that NMSHSCO use the results of the needs assessment to develop a strategic plan. This plan will outline ways to assist and support Migrant and Seasonal Head Start grantees in meeting the requirements of the Head Start Act for coordination, collaboration, and transition into and alignment with K-12 education. Also, under the scope of work created by OHS, the NMSHSCO facilitates collaboration among Head Start agencies and state and local entities as charged by OHS in the Regional Office in the following areas of priority: School Transitions: To foster seamless transitions and long-term success of Head Start children by promoting continuity of services between the Head Start Child Development and Learning Framework and state early learning standards including pre-k entry assessment and interoperable data systems. Professional Development: To collaborate with institutions of higher education to promote professional development through education and credentialing programs for early childhood providers in states. Child Care and Early Childhood Systems: To coordinate activities with the state agency responsible for the State Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) program and resource and referral, to make full-working-day and full-calendar-year services available to children. To include Head Start Program Performance Standards in state efforts to rate the quality of programs (Quality Rating and Improvement System, or QRIS) and support Head Start programs in participating in QRIS and partnering with child care and early childhood systems at the local level. Regional Office Priorities: To support other regional office priorities such as family and community partnerships; health, mental health, and oral health; disabilities; and support to military families. Other special OHS and Administration for Children and Families (ACF) initiative requests for HSSCO support should be routed through the OHS Regional Offices. NMSHSCO is also tasked with the annual update of the needs assessment and strategic plan, and with making the results of the needs assessment available to the general public. The design and development of the NMSHSCO needs assessment was a collaborative effort between OHS's Region XII Regional Program Manager, Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA) Manager and the NMSHSCO Director. The survey questions were defined based on past NMSHSCO needs assessments, OHS Risk Management meetings, and T/TA data. The survey included open-ended questions, as well as 'yes', 'no' and 'n/a' questions, and questions with ratings of 'non-existent', 'minimal', 'excellent'; 'no assistance', 'little assistance', 'sufficient assistance', 'superior assistance'; 'not familiar/no knowledge', 'somewhat familiar', 'familiar', 'very familiar/proficient'; and 'no impact', 'little impact', 'some impact', 'large impact'. There were a total 29 questions on the survey (this excludes questions about contact information for the person filling out the survey). A web-based online survey (Survey Monkey) was used as the primary means of data collection. Data collection was conducted from September 13th to November 2nd, 2012. A total of 24 grantees (and their delegates) representing 30 states participated in the survey. The data presented in this summary is an aggregated report of all grantees and states, and is reported as a region; MSHS Region XII. (author abstract)
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