A number of toolkits have been developed expressly for building and strengthening community-based, cross-sector early childhood collaborations. Here are a few of our favorites:

Transforming Early Childhood Community Systems (TECCS) Created by United Way Worldwide for TECCS pilot sites, the Coalition and Community Engagement Guide (and accompanying tools) offers a concise view of how to build collaborations.

In 2010, the Community Systems Development Subcommittee of the Illinois Early Learning Council compiled an extensive collection of reading material, tools, sample forms, MOUs, and more in this extensive resource guide.

Click here to view the Collaboration Toolkit

Additional resources

  • Illinois Birth to Five Acronyms & Abbreviations
  • References for 2010 CSD Toolkit
  • This is a free online resource for those working to build healthier communities and bring about social change. Though not developed specifically for early childhood, the Toolbox has a wealth of information, ideas, tools, and process guides that may be useful for your collaboration.

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