Community partnering is a vital element of the program which takes into account the interests and needs of parents, children and the program as a whole. Connections are made with agencies and services that will meet the needs of our families as well as enhance and strengthen UW Oshkosh Head Start programming for parents and children.
Formal partnership agreements have been developed with agencies as needed and include area human services programs, public school districts and collaborating project partners. Informal and ongoing partnerships with numerous agencies solidify Head Start as a viable part of each community and ensure the availability and usage of those agencies and services by our families.
A health and family services advisory committee, comprised of Head Start staff, community representatives and program parents helps ensure comprehensive planning and review throughout the program. The group meets at least twice a year to share general information before forming groups in four areas of specialty for follow up. Sub-committees are formed as needs arise.
UW Oshkosh Head Start is an active collaborating partner and leader in all of the communities served and has representatives on most community networking groups including the early childhood groups, the collaboration work group, the poverty coalition, the inter-agency council, ESTHER and other community service organizations.
Public and private school partnerships, as well as work with Fox Valley Technical College and the UW Oshkosh have led to new community initiatives that have benefits beyond those to low income children and their families.