Partnerships are the heart of the Judy Centers. Each Judy Center has a formalized partnership with local agencies, organizations and businesses in their community. Judy Centers position themselves so that no matter what issue or challenge a family may face, they have a partner available to assist them. The partnership meets on a monthly basis to discuss the activities and needs of Judy Center families. They discuss the impact of service delivery on school readiness and, using school readiness data, jointly determine goals, objectives, milestones and strategies to employ to increase the number of children entering school ready to learn.
Each Judy Center staff person is trained to know and understand the available services that can be delivered by the agencies, organizations and businesses in their community. Judy Center staff persons connect families to the appropriate community partners when needs are identified. They also follow the families' progress and ensure they are receiving and responding to the services. Some examples are:
- A non-English speaking child is enrolled in one of the Judy Center's early childhood education programs and a Judy Center staff person discovers that the parent is interested in learning English. The Judy Center staff person will arrange for the parent to be enrolled in an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) class with Adult Education that may be offered onsite at the Judy Center or nearby.
- A child has difficulty getting along with other children in the classroom, is disruptive and uncooperative. The teacher will contact the Judy Center staff who may arrange for a behavior specialist to interview the parent and teacher, to observe the child, and then develop a positive behavior plan for the parent and teacher to follow. The specialist will follow up and make adjustments to the plan as necessary until the behavior changes or, if it does not, refer the family for mental health counseling or other appropriate services.
- A Judy Center staff person is observing in a classroom and notices a child has broken and chipped teeth that have turned dark. The staff person contacts a member of the Judy Center partnership to get the child a dental screening and appropriate comprehensive follow up care by a professional, if needed.