Cross-Sector Partnerships for Early Education and Care

  • Mary-Lou BreitbordeEmail author
Part of the Educating the Young Child book series (EDYC, volume 9)


This chapter describes an initiative that leveraged government policy to build an organization whose work transcends the boundaries of sector and geography. The Northeast (Massachusetts) Regional Readiness Center is a cross-professional structure that brings together stakeholders from several sectors for the purpose of improving communication, creating partnerships, and collaborating to provide professional development that targets the needs of young children in the region and those who educate and provide them with care.


Northeast Regional Readiness Center Partnerships Professional development Cross-sector collaboration Community schools Interprofessional education Race to the top Common core standards QRIS 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Salem State UniversitySalemUSA

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