ERIC Number: ED451888
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Jan
Reference Count: 0
A Guide to Successful Public-Private Partnerships for Out-of-School Time and Community School Initiatives.
In response to growing public understanding of the importance of quality care and activities during out-of-school hours for children's healthy development, a variety of out-of-school initiatives are being implemented across the country. This guide is designed to provide policy makers, program leaders, system-building advocates, and others with practical information on creating and maintaining public-private partnerships. The guide draws from the experiences and wisdom of successful partnership leaders at the national, state, and local levels to provide resources for existing and future partnerships. The guide's introduction describes out-of-school time and community school initiatives (OST/CS) as initiatives that provide children with safe, structured places to spend time when they are not in school; OST initiatives focus on recreational, academic, and developmental opportunities that supplement the education provided in school, and CSs offer the same programs in addition to supporting other efforts and activities for families or the extended community. The following topics are addressed: (1) definition of a public- private partnership; (2) why public-private partnerships are created, focusing on the motivations of various partners; (3) what public-private partnerships do, focusing on increasing the supply and improving the quality of OST/CS programs, raising revenue, and building state and community systems for OST/CS initiatives; (4) challenges for partnerships supporting OST/CS, including the heterogeneous nature of OST/CS initiatives, reluctant partners, and funding for collaboration; (5) ten principles for successful public-private partnerships, such as clear goals, regular measurement of progress toward goals, and inclusion of families in the development of programs and services; and (6) strategies for creating and sustaining partnerships. The guide concludes with lists of print and organizational resources. (KB)
Descriptors: After School Education, After School Programs, Community Programs, Cooperation, Elementary Secondary Education, Partnerships in Education, School Community Relationship
Finance Project, 1000 Vermont Avenue, NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20005 ($20, prepaid orders only). Tel: 202-628-4200; Fax: 202-628-4205; e-mail: financeproject.org; Web site: http://www.financeproject.org. For full text: http://www.financeproject.org/ostresources.html.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Finance Project, Washington, DC.
Note: Adapted from "A Guide to Successful Public-Private Child Care Partnerships" developed by The Finance Project, The Families and Work Institute, and the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices as part of The Child Care Partnership Project. The Project was funded by the Child Care Bureau (DHHS).