Early Learning Partnerships

Early learning partnerships are formal collaborations between local education agencies (LEAs) such as school districts or open-enrollment charters, and private early learning centers (ELCs) or Head Start centers. The resulting partnership allows them to dual enroll children and provide prekindergarten and/or additional comprehensive, wrap-around services. Click on a button below or view the overview video.

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Partnership Guidebook

TEA has developed the Early Learning Partnership Guidebook to assist LEAs and ELCs in building successful partnerships.


Benefits (coming soon)

Partnerships benefit a wide range of stakeholders including, families and children, LEAs, ELCs, and the Early Childhood community.



Partnership models are individualized to meet the unique needs and resources of each partner. Informal and formal partnership models can be implemented.

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Funding (coming soon)

Partners can blend multiple funding sources to provide services to children and families.

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Partnership Solicitation

LEAs must publicly solicit and consider proposals for partnerships from interested parties prior to requesting the full-day Pre-k exemption.

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Getting Started (coming soon)

Establishing connections with potential partners is essential for success.









Partnership Overview Video


Where can I learn more information?


RECESS Grant Partnership Specialists:


Additional Early Learning Partnership Resources:


If you would like to learn more about early learning partnerships, please contact Rachel Robinson at rachel.robinson@tea.texas.gov.