ERIC Number: ED455967
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Ten Tips for Getting and Keeping Business Involved: An Illustrated Guide for Early Childhood Leaders.
O'Donnell, Nina Sazer; McJunkin, Carter
As national, state, and community attention focuses increasingly on school readiness and early literacy, more state and community leaders realize that business partners can contribute to creating early learning opportunities for all children in many important ways. This guide is intended to help early childhood leaders work effectively with business partners. The guide offers 10 tips drawn from research and interviews with business leaders on how to create and sustain early childhood partnerships. Each tip includes advice, quotations or short examples, and numerous drawings that illustrate basic do's and don'ts of working with business. Also included in the guide is a quiz providing an opportunity to identify what went wrong in each missed opportunity scenario, with suggestions for alternative actions. The 10 tips are: (1) make the right business case; (2) have clear vision, goals, and strategies; (3) know what to ask for; (4) understand business culture and avoid jargon; (5) find the right champions; (6) get business peers to help recruit others; (7) measure and report on results; (8) keep in touch and keep it brief; (9) encourage businesses to draw from multiple resources; and (10) publicly recognize business contributions. Two appendices discuss ways business can help early childhood education and list additional resources. (KB)
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Change Strategies, Child Advocacy, Early Childhood Education, Leadership, Partnerships in Education, School Business Relationship, School Community Relationship
Families and Work Institute, 330 Seventh Avenue, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10001 (Pub. No. C20-02, $15, plus $5.50 shipping and handling). Tel: 212-465-2044; Fax: 212-465-8637; Web site: http://www.familiesandwork.org.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Families and Work Inst., New York, NY.
Note: Designed and illustrated by John Boose. Additional funding from the Lucent Technologies Foundation Universal Preschool Initiative.