Cross-Sector Work

Comprehensive P-3 approaches require the collaboration and active engagement of diverse partners from different sectors (e.g., PreK-12 education; community-based pre-school and child care; Head Start; private or faith-based early learning programs; local, regional, state, and federal government).

P-3 Framework Goal:  Mechanisms, resources, and structures exist that reflect, support, and sustain shared vision, collaborative relationships, and mutual accountabilities between 0-5 and K-12.

The following resources highlight and support the importance of cross-sector strategies that bring together the Birth-to-5 and K-12 systems:

National Perspectives

Publication Date: Jul 2009
Albert Wat, Chrisanne Gayl

Across the nation, local and state K-12 leaders are finding that collaborating with community-based providers--e.g. Head Start programs, child care centers, faith-based organizations--can help them develop and implement high-quality PreK programs that meet the needs of young children in a comprehensive way. This report provides lessons learned on the ground about how to implement these partnerships most effectively.

District-Level Perspectives

Publication Date: Mar 2013
Paul Nyhan

This brief highlights how three school districts joined forces to leverage their PreK-3rd grade efforts. Formed in 2011, the PreK-3rd Cross District Leadership Coalition brought together leaders from the Edmonds, Everett, and Seattle school districts in Washington. Some of the cross-district work included defining and communicating school readiness; improving teachers' instructional practices across PreK-3rd grade; developing clear transitions among PreK-3rd grade; expanding leadership capacity; strengthening family and community engagement; and influencing state level support and decision-making around PreK-3rd grade work. 

School-Level Perspectives

Publication Date: Nov 2010
Raedy Ping, Raphael Nash, Linda Wing

In 2009, the University of Chicago Urban Education Institute (UEI) and the Ounce of Prevention Fund (the Ounce) formed a partnership whose goal is to effect change in public education by creating a demonstration model of birth-to-grade 12 education that prepares students for success in college and life. The partnership's model follows students as they move from the Ounce's Educare School to UEI's charter campuses for elementary, middle, and high school, to college, and then, finally, graduation.