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Head Start Program Performance Standards call for grantee and delegate agencies to take affirmative steps to establish ongoing collaborative relationships with community organizations to promote the access of children and families to community service that are responsive to their needs, and ensure that Head Start programs respond to community needs.
The Performance Standards refer specifically to community partnerships as vehicles for collaborations. Activities are designed to expand upon and reinforce the community partnership role of staff. That role, as stated in the Performance Standards, involves engaging, planning, and working with other agencies to improve, share and enhance services, staff, information, and funds.
Building trust, strategic planning, organizing and sustaining efforts, evaluating the results, and enjoying new ways of working together are all parts of collaborations. This information is useful for Head Start staff members who want to build strong community partnerships and enhance collaborative skills. Collaboration is the most intense level of community building. Head Start endeavors to build collaborative relationships with children, families, and community partners. Our agency has been able to create and sustain partnerships that strengthen our families.
We currently partner with Dallas Independent School District, Irving Independent School District, and Lancaster Independent School District. Our delegate agencies are Child Care Group, Mi Escuelita, and Vogel Alcove.