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CPP Online Handbook: Creating Quality Community Partnerships
|Districts may provide program
services in three ways:
- The district may provide all services in school district
operated preschools (e.g. usually existing elementary schools).
Special education, CPP, Title 1 funds, private tuition, etc.,
can be used in coordination to operate these schools.
- The district may contract out its entire program to
community providers (e.g., Head Start or private child care
facilities) with proper support and monitoring.
- The district may use a combination of district and community
- is clear that there is significant value in using
existing and established Head Start and community early
childhood programs, where available, when deciding where to
serve CPP children.
- gives communities the freedom to decide locally who is
best qualified to deliver CPP services.
- is clear that decisions are to be based on a programís
ability to provide quality services.
- requires councils to
develop a process that
allows community early childhood
programs to apply for the
opportunity to deliver CPP
It is important that a provider be committed to
using the Colorado
Quality Standards for Early Childhood Care and Education Services document as a program
guide for on-going quality improvement.
As a district advisory council designs a process for
choosing and working with contracted providers:
- It is
important to utilize the experience and expertise of
existing early childhood programs in the community to the
maximum extent possible. Involvement in CPP can be viewed as
a way to enhance the quality of services for all children by
expanding the use of Colorado Quality Standards.
- Every effort should be made to make current providers
aware of CPP and the possibility of their participation.
Current licensed providers often have achieved professional
accreditation, indicating that they have put a great deal of
time and effort into developing high quality services.
- Each district that contracts with community providers for
program services is responsible for negotiating the rates
that it will pay to the providers. The Department is not
involved in selecting providers, setting rates, or paying
the providers, and the Colorado Preschool Act does not
address payments to community providers.
- If services are contracted out, it is the responsibility of
the district advisory council and school board to ensure
that money provided for the Colorado Preschool Program be
used for services connected to CPP.
- In addition to the contracted rate paid monthly to
providers, many districts also provide funding to providers
for the following direct program services:
- Child Identification/Assessment or developmental
- Home Language/Literacy materials
- Professional Development opportunities/Conference
- Parent liaison/family support services/service
coordination for children and families
- Monthly newsletter to families to extend learning
activities and parenting ideas into the home
- Classroom equipment and materials
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