What is a Pre-kindergarten Partnership?
A child care/Pre-K partnership is a collaboration between a public school Pre-K program and one or more quality-rated* child care programs to provide high-quality care and education to three- and four-year-old children. This is also called an “early learning partnership.”
*Texas Rising Star 3- and 4-Star providers are eligible for Pre-K partnerships. Visit this TEA web page for additional information.
Formal partnerships exist when eligible three- and four-year-old children are dually enrolled in subsidized child care with a Texas Rising Star 3- or 4-Star facility and public school Pre-K. This allows eligible students to receive wraparound care to better support the needs of working parents.
The physical classroom is often in a Texas Rising Star 3- or 4-Star child care center, but it can also be on a school campus. The teacher must meet certain requirements, such as having a bachelor’s degree and can be employed by either the school district or the child care center. Information on other quality requirements is available here (slides 11–22). TWC and TEA provides a robust support network to help child care programs meet these requirements.
Informal partnerships exist when a school district and one or more child care centers share resources and information with each other. For example, the school district could share school-readiness expectations and professional development training for a shared curriculum, while the child care center invites school district Pre-K teachers to training on Conscious Discipline™ or developmentally appropriate teaching strategies.
Source: RECESS Initiative grantee, Commit Partnership with Early Matters Dallas
What are the benefits of partnerships?
For child care programs, partnerships can provide the following:
- Potentially higher enrollment and greater financial stability by continuing to fill classrooms for three- and four-year-old children, while also receiving support and/or funding from the local school district
- An opportunity to share knowledge with and learn from teachers who have received a different type of training and education
- A pathway to help transition parents and their children to public school for kindergarten
- Greater information and support for children to meet the school-readiness expectations of the local school district
- Increased resources and professional development opportunities
For more information about Pre-kindergarten Partnerships, please visit TWC’s Prekindergarten Partnership page