Interagency cooperation between group day care centres and a child welfare agency
Cameron, Lori T.
This practicum examined how group child day care centre directors viewed their working relationship with social workers in a child welfare agency. A primary goal of the practicum was to educate child day care directors about the mandate of Winnipeg Child and Family Services and the role child day care directors can play in fostering a strong working relationship with Winnipeg Child and Family Services. Using an open-ended questionnaire, the student conducted telephone interviews with group child day care centre directors in the North End, West End, and Inner City of Winnipeg. Following the needs assessment, the student developed a manual that answered questions the day care directors raised about the mandate of Winnipeg Child and Family Services. The student then presented the manual at the day care directors' support networking group meetings in the North End, West End, and Inner City. Suggestions for strengthening the working relationship between the two organizations were forwarded to Winnipeg Child and Family Services. The Interactive Model of Program Planning designed by Rosemary Caffarella functioned as the basis for the practicum. The Interactive Model of Program Planning served as a guideline in developing a program to educate child day care directors on the mandate of Winnipeg Child and Family Services.