Across the state, many communities have established early childhood partnerships to positively impact the school readiness of at-risk children through collaboration. Through partnerships, diverse organizations that work with the same population of at-risk children partner with others that contribute through different emphases on the child’s development. The collaboration allows each entity to capitalize on each other’s strengths to provide a seamless, holistic education for each child in the program. Recent efforts to encourage partnerships in Texas aim to increase access to high quality prekindergarten for eligible 3- and 4-year-olds and increase the communication and alignment between private and public early childhood education. The information on this webpage was collected for school districts and open enrollment charter schools that were awarded PreK Partnership Grants from the Texas Education Agency, but the information can benefit all early childhood programs interested in establishing new partnerships or expanding existing partnerships. This webpage was developed in collaboration with the Texas Education Agency.
PreK Partnerships benefit several stakeholders:
The following sample legal documents are a vital resource for school districts and open enrollment charter schools interested in establishing partnerships with other early childhood programs in their local communities. These documents can be used as a guide for the formal documentation of a partnership between two entities; since partnerships will look different in different communities, these sample documents can serve as a starting point for detailing and formalizing individual partnerships.
Additionally, organizations can establish partnerships to view and share child data (for example on a child’s progress monitoring results) between two entities in a partnership within CLI Engage. For more information about setting up a partnership for data sharing on CLI Engage, review specific details and procedures.
Texas developed the Community-Based School Readiness Integration Partnerships: Promoting Sustainable Collaborations toolkit to serve as a guide and provide information on collaboration and partnership models for early childhood programs in Texas, from initial assessment and set-up to sustainability. Recent presentations on early childhood partnerships:
The following four partnership models are the most common School Readiness Integration (SRI) models in Texas communities. Please refer to the partnership toolkit for more detailed information about these partnership models, and how to set-up and sustain a partnership in your community.
Through Texas School Ready, the Children’s Learning Institute supports school districts developing, nurturing, and sustaining partnerships and collaborations between school districts and child care programs in local communities. Currently, four school districts and one charter school serve as TSR Comprehensive Lead Agents; the role of the lead agent is to coordinate TSR services in local communities and partner with CLI to ensure full implementation of the TSR model. These lead agents approach partnerships with child care programs in their local communities in different ways, briefly profiled below.
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