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Growth of child care, preschool, and special needs services in the past 10 years in New South Wales (Australia) has left the early childhood professional with a wide variety of systems, both governmental and non-governmental, to consider as support for the child and the family. Between 1990 and 1995, in response to a perceived need for interdisciplinary communication in dealing with this array of services, a series of joint meetings was held between school and prior-to-school staff in one region. The first forum was designed as a roundtable conference in which service providers--including school and preschool staff, psychologists, welfare agencies, and family support groups--presented materials on their function and needs. A recognition of the importance of personalizing intervention services was gained, and a subsequent series of meetings between school and prior-to-school sectors was conducted. A major issue in these meetings was managing the transition to school, including utilization of shared information and resources, visiting systems, and parent involvement. Examples of the collaboration's successes include continuing visits by school staff to preschools to meet children and talk with parents, and preschool staff involvement at the school level with advice on development and specific problems or talents displayed by children. (Contains 10 references.) (EV)

Descriptors: Cooperative Planning, Cooperative Programs, Coordination, Early Childhood Education, Educational Cooperation, Foreign Countries, Integrated Services, Needs Assessment, School Readiness, Shared Resources and Services, Teacher Collaboration

Autor: Bowen, Ann


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