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Cross System Collaboration: A Fresh Look at Working Together

Published: September 18, 2012

In April 2011, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) in HHS, in collaboration with ED,convened a day-long meeting of State and local leaders entitled “Working Together: Increasing Access to Quality Early Learning Opportunities” to identify new strategies to overcome collaboration challenges. Head Start State Collaboration directors, Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) administrators, and early childhood specialists in State education agencies attended. The agenda focused on two topics: leveraging multiple funding streams and joining forces to increase quality of services to children and families, especially for those with low incomes. The Office of Child Care (OCC) requested this report to capture the spirit and themes that emerged from this meeting and participant discussions.