Community Development Institute

Community Development Institute (CDI) Transition Works, in partnership with OHS, strives to minimize the disruption of Head Start services for those communities impacted by Designation Renewal System (DRS) related transitions. Based upon CDI’s experience in managing multi-faceted transitions for programs in interim management, the Transition Works team offers a systematic and proven approach to support an orderly transition in complex service areas.

Transition Works built upon our experiences having managed transitions in interim management programs and developed strategies, resources and tools to support the Office of Head Start in managing complex transitions. Our commitment of impartial support to incumbent grantees and awardees and what is possible if we all put our hearts and heads together, honors the community’s Head Start/Early Head Start children and families facing a disruption in services that they count on.

In support of OHS’ efforts to ensure children receive Head Start services in safe environments and to reduce barriers or slowdowns in transitions, Transition Works provides community based onsite facility assessments based upon requests from OHS and Regional Offices (RO). Preliminary Federal Interest research conducted by Transition Works complements the work of the Real Property Facilities Initiative (RPFI).

What We Do

  • Work collaboratively to support RO staff for a successful DRS season.
  • Conduct onsite facilities assessments for grantees in DRS to determine the condition of facilities in use for Head Start services
  • Coordinate with the RPFI team to conduct initial Federal Interest research for grantees in DRS and assess the status of property records for facilities with Federal Interest
  • Augment the RO staff capacity by bringing experienced staff, proven tools and resources, analysis and strategies designed to minimize any negative impact of service area transitions
  • Offer impartial support to grantees, incumbents and awardees, offering tools, resources and strategies to foster a smooth transition