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 eyeonearlyeducation.com 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.