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Bridging the Gap Between Theory, Research and Practice: The Role of...

ISBN: 978-0-76231-063-0, eISBN: 978-1-84950-242-9

Publication date: 1 November 2003


The University of South Carolina’s child development lab school faced extinction because of campus renewal projects and shifting priorities. Shrinking state budgets ended subsidies for small-scale programs at the same time the university was privatizing non-essential services. It became apparent that we needed to forge new partnerships and explore innovative funding strategies if the center was to continue providing quality childcare on our research university campus. Our five-year-long struggle has culminated with the creation of a unique public/private partnership linking the management expertise and investment capital of a for-profit childcare provider with the resources and professional knowledge at the state’s flagship university. After the framework for the public/private partnership had been created the state’s Department of Health and Human Services and Educational Television joined to create a center of excellence that will be a demonstration site for the entire early childhood community. We believe the partnership we have created is a sustainable solution to the campus childcare dilemma, one that will keep quality childcare and related research and teaching on our campus. The partnership we have created can serve as a sustainable model for other programs faced with shrinking budgets, eroding support, and threats to their existence.


Brown, M.H. and Freeman, N.K. (2003), "THE CHILDREN’S CENTER’S SURVIVAL BRINKMANSHIP, PERSISTENCE AND CREATIVITY", Mcbride, B.A. (Ed.) Bridging the Gap Between Theory, Research and Practice: The Role of... (Advances in Early Education and Day Care, Vol. 12), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. 31-49.



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