Collaboration is hard! For our early childhood education community, collaboration is a state-of-mind and an ongoing practice that's benefiting the youngest citizens of Springfield, Massachusetts. The recipient of a federal Preschool Expansion Grant, the partners in the grant - Springfield Public Schools, Holyoke-Chicopee-Springfield Head Start, the YMCA of Greater Springfield and Square One, a local nonprofit preschool provider - "are learning key lessons and sharing their insights. Their building [purchased by the Springfield Public Schools] has essentially become a laboratory for trial, error, success and innovations. From conflicting regulations  to creative collaborations, 15 Catharine Street is bursting with lessons on preschool expansion that can be shared with other communities."

Read more about this collaboration in a Community Story written in the blog by Alyssa Haywoode for Strategies for Children, a thought partner and resource to local communities across Massachusetts working to improve their early learning delivery systems.

Community Stories: Preschool Expansion – and Expansion Plans – Across Massachusetts

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Sally Fuller, Project Director, Reading Success by 4th Grade, a Springfield MA community-wide initiative whose goal is to increase the quality of children’s language and reading environments across the many settings in which they are growing up, from birth to age 9. To do this, Springfield is engaging in collective action and creating a culture of literacy in which the families, schools and community support children – from birth – as they begin the journey which will result in reading proficiency by the end of third grade.

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