Beyond the School Yard: Pre-K Collaborations with Community-Based Partners

Albert Wat and Chrisanne Gayl

In 2009, pre-K was the fastest growing sector in public education, but less than 30 percent of three- and four-year olds were served in publicly funded programs.

To provide all students with quality pre-K programs, communities can pool publications in collaborations between private and public partners. This 2009 report presents the benefits of and barriers to community-based partnerships, and offers recommendations for communities and policymakers for forming and supporting partnerships.

While implementing a pre-k program in partnership with community-based organizations may require more time and effort, this strategy ultimately benefits all stakeholders: public schools, private providers, families and children.