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In 1992, community leaders in Fort Collins, Colorado, met with their concerns about the needs of low-income families for comprehensive services. This paper describes the resulting Family Learning Place, a community-based, public-private collaborative program that serves preschool children and their families. The program operates in facilities provided by Children's World Learning Centers, a private company. The community organizations involved in the project run a variety of programs funded through a combination of sliding scale tuition, Head Start funds, social services reimbursement, and other community services. These programs include: (1) Project Grow, a life skills, literacy, and parenting education program for parents; (2) an adult literacy program run by a community college; (3) an on-site case-manager; (4) a Head Start class for 20 preschoolers; (5) child care; and (6) a summer program for school-age children. The paper examines the reasons for the success of the Family Learning Place, which include the opportunity for input from all agencies in the planning process, and the availability of a building that met the needs of all the programs involved. The reasons why the private preschool is involved in the project are also discussed. The paper concludes by noting that the Family Learning Place demonstrates that private and public agencies serving children and families can, in fact, work effectively together to serve the community. (MDM)

Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Literacy, Agency Cooperation, Community Organizations, Cooperative Planning, Daily Living Skills, Day Care, Family Programs, Integrated Services, Parent Education, Partnerships in Education, Preschool Education, Private Education, Program Descriptions, Program Effectiveness, School Age Day Care, Social Services, Summer Programs

Author: Moore, Kim; Wardle, Francis


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