Illinois Early Childhood Collaboration Tue, 22 Apr 2014 22:41:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 IHSA Job Posting – Associate Head Start State Collaboration Director Tue, 22 Apr 2014 22:33:41 +0000 Illinois Head Start Association (IHSA)
Associate Head Start State Collaboration Director


Full-Time Employee. Salaried, with salaries and benefits commensurate with the IHSA Personnel Policies, as approved by the IHSA Board of Directors.

Reporting Relationship:

This position is an employee of the IHSA, supervised by the Department of Human Services (DHS) Head Start State Collaboration Director. The incumbent will report monthly to the IHSA Executive Director and the DHS Collaboration Director.

Job Summary:

The Associate Collaboration Director assists in the planning, development, and implementation of the Head Start State Collaboration Office (HSSCO) activities. All tasks will be performed in conjunction with specific planning with the DHS Collaboration Director and the IHSA Executive Director.


Required: Bachelor’s degree with major course work in early childhood administration, political/social science, and/or education; at least two years progressively responsible administrative experience in private or public social services/child care agency establishing education and community networks and social service delivery linkages; and, a minimum of three years administrative experience in a Head Start/Early Head Start program with demonstrated knowledge and understanding of Head Start philosophy, programs, regulations and funding. Requires the ability to travel statewide.

Preferred: demonstrated knowledge of early childhood administration and education; knowledge and understanding of Illinois State Board of Education Early Childhood Block Grant programs and the DHS Child Care Assistance Program; collaboration experience; ability to effectively communicate, manage large and multiple projects, manage groups and group meetings, and negotiate and resolve conflicts.

Essential Duties/Functions/Responsibilities.

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Contact Information:

The IL Head Start Association and the Illinois Department of Human Services/Head Start State Collaboration Office are seeking to fill an Associate Head Start State Collaboration Director position. Interested individuals may submit a resume to:

IL Head Start Association
3435 Liberty Drive
Springfield, IL 62704


All applications must be received by close of business on May 23rd, 2014.

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Blending Early Care Education Funds Issues, Opportunities and Strategies by Ellen Kiron Mon, 31 Mar 2014 19:05:18 +0000 Research Brief

by Ellen Kiron

Download Blending Early Care Education Funds Issues Opportunities by Ellen Kiron SnapshotThis research brief summarizes the finance-related findings of the CC&F researchers’ full report. (It also draws from the researchers’ preliminary data on child care-Head Start partnerships collected from a sample of 78 Ohio child care centers partnering with Head Start.)

About the brief

This brief on early care and education partnerships is the second in a series produced by the Center for Children and Families (CC&F). Ellen Kiron, Senior Research Associate, has been analyzing policy and management issues related to children’s services at a variety of public, non-profit and for-profit organizations for more than a decade. She earned her Masters Degree in Public Policy and Administration from Columbia University.

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Blending and Braiding Early Childhood Program Funding Streams Toolkit Mon, 31 Mar 2014 16:06:54 +0000 Download Blending and Braiding Early Childhood Program Funding Streams Toolkit SnapshotToolkit Overview

This toolkit is designed to provide state advocates and policymakers with strategies, tools, resources and options to make policy choices that facilitate the blending and braiding of funding streams to improve access to and length of children’s participation in full-workday, full-year, high-quality early learning programs that benefit vulnerable young children and working families.

Through the toolkit, the Ounce seeks to:

  1. Expand the ways state early childhood leaders think about the benefits and challenges of using public early care and education funds from two or more program funding streams—Early Head Start, Head Start, state pre-kindergarten (pre-k), state infant-toddler, and the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF—but often called child care assistance or child care subsidy)—to pay for the expenses of full-workday, full-year, high-quality early learning programs serving children at greatest risk for school failure;
  2. Highlight promising policies and practices that promote consistent participation in high-quality early learning programs that effectively prepare children for success in school;
  3. Offer state-specific and cross-state information on selected policies that encourage blending and braiding of Early Head Start, Head Start, state pre-k, and child care funds to sustain program quality and service continuity, as well as additional resources on state early learning financing policies; and
  4. Offer worksheets to compare requirements across federal and state early childhood funding streams in order to identify specific policy barriers to blending and braiding funding streams in a state.

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Building Trust and Ownership Mon, 31 Mar 2014 14:28:32 +0000 Download Building Trust and Ownership SnapshotExamines three ways partners can understand each other’s organizations and build effective collaborations. Including:

  1. Engaging Partners
  2. Building a Base of Common Knowledge
  3. Personal Similarities and Differences

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Updated IDHS Child Care Collaboration Program Application Form Available Mon, 31 Mar 2014 06:25:33 +0000 Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS)
Child Care Collaboration Program Application

Download IDHS Child Care Collaboration Program Application FormThis file was recently updated and is now available online.


The purpose of the DHS Child Care Collaboration Program is to facilitate high quality collaborative programming between child care and other early care & education providers and funding streams (Child Care Administrative Rule, Sections 50.610-650).

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Illinois Head Start – Early Head Start Partnership Profile 2014 Fri, 28 Mar 2014 15:48:07 +0000 Partnership Profiles are being updated in a new summary format, which will appear online in this website after all forms have been submitted and processed. Please use the below form to submit details about your Collaboration and Partnership. Please complete all fields and then submit the form.

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Year of Children’s Vision Thu, 12 Dec 2013 22:55:27 +0000 Year of Children's Vision Logo


For more information:
Prevent Blindness America
Sarah Hecker
(312) 363-6035


Leading Vision and Public Health Groups Collaborate to Promote “Year of Children’s Vision”

- New National Program Created to Help Improve Children’s Eye Health Programs in Early Education Programs Across the Country -

CHICAGO (Oct. 23, 2013) – Prevent Blindness America, through its National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health, the National Head Start Association, the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS), the Good-Lite Company and School Health Corporation are working in collaboration on a new initiative called the “Year of Children’s Vision” (YOCV), launching today.

The goal of the YOCV is to provide national guidance to staff of Head Start and other early childhood programs to standardize approaches to vision screening, improve follow-up for eye care for children who do not pass vision screening, provide family-friendly educational information, and consult with the nation’s leading pediatric eye care providers to ensure best practices for children’s eye health. Other organizations are encouraged to join in the YOCV initiative and support healthy vision for children.

The Year of Children’s Vision launches today, October 23, 2013, and extends through April 2014. Each month, YOCV partner organizations will provide educational presentations, topical resources, and technical assistance opportunities. Each monthly activity will be linked back to the YOCV program website on which all information will be housed for future reference. Key YOCV activities include:

  • A national survey of Head Start health managers and staff to assess their vision screening practices, barriers, and needs.
  • A focus group discussion with staff and parents whose children attend Head Start to learn more about vision screening and eye health barriers and needs.
  • A monthly vision topic discussion that will lead to improved screening quality and better vision and eye health for children in Head Start and other early childhood programs (topics to include: appropriate vision screening methods, improved follow-up for eye care, professional development, and education for families).
  • Downloadable resources supporting the monthly discussion themes that program staff can integrate into their vision screening efforts.
  • A half-day panel presentation at the National Head Start Association’s 30th Annual Head Start Parent Conference and Family Engagement Institute designed to educate and empower families about how they can be a better partner in the health of their child’s vision (December 9-13, 2013; Atlanta, Ga.).
  • A presentation and exhibit on the YOCV at the National Head Start Association’s 41st Annual Head Start Conference to connect members of the NHSA to vision screening information, resources, and services (April 28-May 2, 2014; Long Beach, Calif.).

“Our children depend on their eyes to learn and view the world around them,” said Hugh R. Parry, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness America. “They also depend on us to make sure they have healthy vision and can reach their full potential. With this new, comprehensive program that brings together parents, early educators, and health professionals, we can help keep that promise to kids to work together to keep their futures bright.”

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends vision screening for all children at least once between the ages of 3 and 5 years and suggests that vision screening tools can be useful in detecting visual impairment, including abnormal refractive errors, strabismus, and amblyopia. The federal Office of Head Start requires all children in Head Start programs to receive a vision screen or have screening results on file within 45 days of a child’s enrollment. Vision impairments are common conditions among young children, affecting 5 to 10 percent of all preschool-aged children.i If not detected and treated early, vision impairment could affect all aspects of life, negatively impacting a child’s ability to learn, athletic performance, and self-esteem. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, impaired vision can affect a child’s emotional, neurologic, and physical development by potentially limiting the range of experiences and kinds of information to which the child is exposed.ii A leading preschool vision screening study notes that vision screening is critical to the welfare of our children and can have an impact not only on vision and eye health but also on social development and productivity.iii

For more information on the national Year of Children’s Vision initiative, children’s eye health, or to become a collaborating organization in the YOCV, please call 1-800-331-2020 or visit

About Prevent Blindness America and its National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health

Prevent Blindness AmericaFounded in 1908, Prevent Blindness America is the nation’s leading volunteer eye health and safety organization dedicated to fighting blindness and saving sight. Focused on promoting a continuum of vision care, Prevent Blindness America touches the lives of millions of people each year through public and professional education, advocacy, certified vision screening and training, community and patient service programs and research. In 2009, Prevent Blindness America established the National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health, with funding and leadership support from the HRSA-Maternal and Child Health Bureau.

National Center for Childrens Vision and Eye HealthServing as a major resource for the establishment of a public health infrastructure, the National Center advances and promotes children’s vision and eye care, providing leadership and training to public entities throughout the United States. The National Center is advised by a committee of national experts and leaders from the fields of ophthalmology, optometry, pediatrics, nursing, family advocates and public health to guide the work and recommendations of the Center. For more information, or to make a contribution to the sight-saving fund, call 1-800-331-2020. Or, visit us on the Web at or

About the National Head Start Association (NHSA)

National Head Start AssociationThe National Head Start Association is a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization committed to the belief that every child, regardless of circumstances at birth, has the ability to succeed in life. The opportunities offered by Head Start lead to healthier, empowered children and families, and stronger, more vibrant communities. NHSA is the voice for more than 1 million children, 200,000 staff and 1,600 Head Start grantees in the United States.

About the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus

The American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS) The American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS) is the largest association of eye physicians and surgeons dedicated to promoting the highest quality medical and surgical eye care worldwide for children and for adults with strabismus. AAPOS’s goals are to advance the quality of children’s eye care, support the training of pediatric ophthalmologists, support research activities in pediatric ophthalmology, and advance the care of adults with strabismus. AAPOS establishes practice guidelines for pediatric ophthalmology at the highest level of competence and ethics, and fosters concepts that benefit children’s eye health through preventive as well as remedial activities. Children deserve eye care that is evidence-based, and the adults who care for children need the necessary information to make informed choices about their care. AAPOS collaborates with groups interested in improving the quality of care that our patients receive.

About Good-Lite, Inc. and School Health

The Good-Lite CompanyThe Good-Lite Company has manufactured and sold evidence-based eye charts, illuminated cabinets, and other vision screening and testing tools nationally and internationally for 83 years. Good-Lite’s commitment to quality is only surpassed by its commitment to customer service.

School HealthSchool Health Corporation is a family-owned company that has served the school nurse and early education community for more than 60 years. School Health prides itself on being a respected name in health supplies for schools and athletic associations, and most recently in special education through the acquisition of EnableMart, the #1 source for assistive technology.



Calonge N. Screening for visual impairment in children younger than age 5 years: Recommendation statement. Ann Fam Med. 2004;2:263-266.

National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Vision impairment among children. Available at: Accessed August 23, 2013.

Hartmann EE, Bradford GE, Chaplin PK, Johnson T, Kemper AR, Kim S, Marsh-Tootle W; Project universal preschool vision screening: a demonstration project. Pediatrics. 2006;117:226-237.

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