ERIC Number: ED466301
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Apr
Tomorrow's Child: Benefiting from Today's Family-School-Community-Business Partnerships.
Ritter, Sandra H.; Gottfried, Susan C.
Recognizing that communities can accomplish more for their children if all parts of the community work together in a collaborative effort, family-school-community-business partnerships have developed to provide comprehensive services to children and their families more effectively. This report contains information on the history, purposes, and structures of family-school-community-business partnerships and offers examples of such partnerships that are making a difference for children. Following introductory remarks, section 1 of the report discusses efforts to improve educational quality and accountability. Section 2 discusses the evolution of collaboration from the early 1900s to the present and presents the goals of family-school-community-business partnerships. Collaboration models are described, and three major types of partnership service-delivery models presented: school-based, school-linked, and community-based. Section 3 of the report describes the unique needs, key players, and primary characteristics of partnerships that target the following underserved or underrecognized areas: (1) early childhood education; (2) education of homeless children and youth; (3) education of migrant children, youth, and their families; (4) education of children of poverty; (5) preparation of teachers to work with children with learning disabilities; and (6) reduction of the achievement gap through improved educational opportunities. Section 4 describes the critical components of successful partnerships: client-access facilitators, delivery-system facilitators, and government facilitators. (Contains 128 references.)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, At Risk Persons, Change Agents, Change Strategies, Childhood Needs, Children, Early Childhood Education, Educational Environment, Educational Improvement, Educational Opportunities, Elementary Secondary Education, Family School Relationship, Government School Relationship, Homeless People, Migrant Education, Partnerships in Education, Professional Development, Program Descriptions, School Business Relationship, School Community Relationship, Student Needs
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southeastern Regional Vision for Education (SERVE), Tallahassee, FL.