Community partnerships are the heart of the Judy Centers.
Judy Centers serve all children birth through kindergarten. Most of the work of the Judy Centers is accomplished through partnerships. The partnerships reflect Judy Hoyer’s vision of how professionals must collaborate to deliver a wide spectrum of early childhood education programs and family support services. Judy Centers are required to include the following:
- Public Prekindergarten and Kindergarten
- Infants and Toddlers Program
- Special Education
- Licensed, Accredited Child Care Providers
Judy Centers enter into Memoranda of Understanding with community agencies and organizations that are critical to meeting the needs of families. Agencies and organizations typically include departments of social services, health departments, adult education providers and public libraries, as well as programs such as Healthy Families, Head Start, and Family Support Centers (serving children prenatal to age four and their families). Judy Centers have a wide range of partners and engage others in the community who can deliver necessary services for families whenever a gap is identified.
There are a variety of partners contributing in unique and creative ways to meet these needs. Child Care Resource Centers are vital partners that train child care providers who care for children who live in the Judy Center school zones.