The University of Chicago Urban Education Institute (UEI) and the Ounce of Prevention Fund (the Ounce) embarked on an effort to form a partnership whose vision is to “. . . build a model of public education for children and their families that begins at birth and creates success in school, college, and life.”
The goal is to collaboratively and continuously align and create instructional practices, and academic and social supports, to demonstrate a new model of public education that seamlessly and successfully prepares children for college, beginning at birth.
The formation of this Birth-to-College Partnership, through the creation of a shared vision, mission, and goals, is outlined in the following case study. We hope, through the use of the case study, teaching notes and accompanying video, that organizations with the desire to forge similar partnerships can learn from our experiences.