Public-Private Partnerships in Early Childhood Education and Preschool Preparedness Programs

dc.contributor.authorCarson, Elizabeth D.
dc.contributor.committeeMemberLongoria, Thomas
dc.contributor.committeeMemberBalanoff-Jones, Emily
dc.contributor.committeeMemberLund, Jeff
dc.descriptionAn Applied Research Project Submitted to the Department of Political Science, Texas State University-San Marcos, in Partial Fulfillment for the Requirements for the Degree of Masters of Public Administration, Fall 2011.
dc.description.abstractPurpose: The purpose of this study is to gauge the United Way Capital Area's Success-By-Six early childhood education program's partnerships with private and public collaborators (partners) against the practical ideal type partnership design. A practical ideal type partnership has three main categories: 1) partnership purpose, 2) partnership accountability, and 3) partnership communication. Methodology: A case study of the Capital Area's Success-By-Six partnership was conducted. Information is collected using face-to-face structured interviews and document analysis. Information was evaluated according to a scoring system. Relevant documents were also analyzed to supplement the interview notes. Findings: The study finds that the Capital Area's Success-By-Six partnership generally met or exceeded standards in all three key areas, but should work toward improving a few key partnership elements. Based on these findings, the following recommendations are made. Partners should: create a partnership contract or written document that states the mission statement and specific goals of the partnership; develop a comprehensive document outlining the partnership's desired outcomes, how the leadership came up with those goals, and how they plan to achieve them; develop a documented evaluation plan; enhance the measurable goals they currently have in place by determining specifically how they are going to evaluate programs and measure success; and finally, develop a joint partnership budget for early childhood needs in Austin.
dc.description.departmentPublic Administration
dc.format.extent106 pages
dc.format.medium1 file (.pdf)
dc.identifier.citationCarson, E. (2011). Public-private partnerships in early childhood education and preschool preparedness programs. Masters of Public Administration, Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas.
dc.subjectPublic Administration
dc.titlePublic-Private Partnerships in Early Childhood Education and Preschool Preparedness Programs
dc.typeApplied Research Project


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