[Augusta Partnership for Children, Inc. (APC): Augusta Child Welfare Final Report]
EPIC- Ensuring Positive Investment in Children.
This final report discusses the activities and accomplishments of a federally funded project designed to create an interagency infrastructure in Augusta, Georgia, to develop policies and processes to enable child serving organizations to provide child care, education and support services consistently to children in or at risk of foster care placement. The evaluation of this project documented the collaborative process, assessed the collaborative relationship between organizations and included collection of participant demographic data, screening assessment results, and status of community referrals to and placement in early childhood education programs. In addition, training sessions were evaluated to assess participant satisfaction, knowledge and skills. Major findings included an increase in the percentage of partnering agencies that reported that they shared information as well as an increase in sending and receiving referrals among agencies. In addition, there was high satisfaction with multiagency training. Participants felt that the training content was relevant to their job responsibilities and were confident that would use the information shared to better serve their populations. Forty-nine children participated in the project and approximately 25% were referred and enrolled in Head Start or other early childhood education programs. Major challenges included communication between partner agencies, the ability to share confidential client information, the limited number of available slots in Head Start, and limited availability of child care vouchers. The report recommends that partner agencies work to improve communication and develop information sharing policies. It is also recommended that agencies explore ways to identify additional resources or partners to address the need for more high quality early childhood education programs for this population. (Author abstract modified)
Georgia; child welfare services; interagency collaboration; child care; service integration; children at risk; foster children; family support systems; head start; early intervention programs