ERIC Number: ED439819
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
Partnering for Success: Community Approaches to Early Learning. A Report on Partnerships in Low-Income Communities.
Noting that innovative partnerships to give more children access to good quality care and education provide the scaffold for future educational reform, this report details the Partnering for Success project, which identified and documented efforts to enhance school readiness through partnerships among Head Start, child care, and public schools in low-income communities. Sixty-eight partnerships in 37 states were identified with the assistance of national, state, and local experts, and practitioners. Among the findings noted in the report: the initial challenge in launching effective partnerships involves changing beliefs and motivation as well as acquiring or spending more money; school superintendents have been prime initiators for change; partnerships between schools and early childhood education programs are effective in providing greater access to care and education; 84 percent of programs reported higher levels of elementary school performance; and program continuity for 3- to 8-year-olds is currently evolving. The report also makes the resulting recommendations: that superintendents need to see collaborative early childhood efforts as a vehicle for education reform and a foundation for universal prekindergarten; that schools must help to ensure a smooth transition; and that partnerships must take into account the needs of working parents. This report then profiles six of the programs studied, located in Michigan, New Mexico, Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama and Pennsylvania. The remaining programs are also described, including types of services provided, demographic characteristics of families served, partners involved in partnership, location, time of operation, role of school, parent involvement components, funding sources, and evidence of outcomes. (KB)
Descriptors: Cooperation, Day Care, Early Childhood Education, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Educational Innovation, Partnerships in Education, Program Descriptions, School Community Programs, School Community Relationship, School Readiness, Young Children
Child Care Action Campaign, 330 Seventh Avenue, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10001. Tel: 212-239-0138; Fax: 212-268-6515; Web site: http://www.childcareaction.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Mott (C.S.) Foundation, Flint, MI.; Danforth Foundation, St. Louis, MO.
Authoring Institution: Child Care Action Campaign, New York, NY.
Identifiers: Project Head Start
Note: Support also provided by the Lucent Technologies Foundation.