Annotation: This paper supports policymakers and early child care leaders planning a statewide multi-disciplinary child care consultation system. It describes the concept of child care consultation, reviews the research literature related to its effectiveness, overviews the current policy context nationally and in Connecticut, describes several models and reports lessons learned, and recommends design and implementation considerations in Connecticut. Models described in this paper include: the Multidisciplinary Team (New Haven, CT), Child FIRST (Bridgeport, CT), the Early Childhood Consultation Partnership (CT), Day Care Plus (Cuyahoga County and Cleveland, OH), the Comprehensive Child Care Services Program (in Rhode Island), the Abbott Preschool Program (in New Jersey's 30 highest poverty districts), Head Start and Early Head Start (national program), and the U.S. Army Development System (national program). This paper concludes with specific recommendations to transform consultation "patchwork" into a multidisciplinary consultation system that enhances the quality of early care and education in Connecticut, improves children's developmental outcomes, and is broadly available to and utilized by early care and education programs throughout the state. Appendices include a history of child care consultation in Connecticut, references in Connecticut statutes and regulations, draft position descriptions, and comparisons of models. Endnotes conclude the paper.
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Keywords: Child care, Community programs, Connecticut, Consultants, Early childhood education, Federal programs, Model programs, Ohio, Program development, Rhode Island, State programs, Strategic plans