Collaboration Institute

The Partner Plan Act Collaboration Institute (PPACI) is a year-long program of the Community Systems Statewide Supports (CS3) project designed to support early childhood collaborations strengthen their impact. The project is funded by the Illinois State Board of Education and will ensure that communities are working to help children birth through five – especially those from low-income families or families with multiple needs – enter kindergarten healthy, safe, ready to succeed, and eager to learn. Depending on their individual need, collaborations can apply for one of the three levels of targeted support provided—developing, advancing or thriving supports.

PPACI collaborations can expect to explore a community systems development approach through a combination of trainings, consultation, and coaching:

  • Community Assessment & Targeted Problem Identification
  • Systems Scan & Root Cause Analysis
  • Strategy Design
  • Implementation & Action Learning

When your collaboration participates in PPACI, you will build action-oriented knowledge and strategies that will help your collaboration:

  • Discover and master concepts, tools, and methods to support systems-change and systems-development work;
  • Assess the needs of your community, define strategies, and meet the goals of your collaboration;
  • Inform state policy related to community systems development;
  • Learn from experienced trainers and coaches and other collaboration participants; and
  • Develop the capacity for your collaboration to effectively lead change for your community.

All Illinois early learning collaborations wishing to receive targeted supports are invited to request supports through the Collaboration Institute. The Request for Supports (RFS) is open April 1, 2019 through May 31, 2019. Download the RFS and the RFS Description to get started.

For more information about the Collaboration Institute and to set up a consultation call, contact Project Director, Grace Araya (

Congratulations to the Partner Plan Act Collaboration Institute Inaugural Cohort!

Collaboration Institute Inaugural Cohort!

The Inaugural cohort consists of 10 early childhood collaborations from across the state

Inaugural Cohort of PPA Collaboration Institute

Inaugural Cohort