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.

The next Request for Supports will launch in April 2020. For more information about the Collaboration Institute contact Grace Araya Director of Community Systems Statewide Supports (Grace.Araya@actforchildren.org).


Map of Participating Collaborations



The Second Cohort convened on July 17, 2019 for the first time at Orientation. 



Cohort 1 Collaborations 

  1. Greater East St. Louis Early Learning Partnership
  2. Southern Illinois Coalition for Children & Families
  3. DeKalb County Kindergarten Readiness Initiative
  4. Altgeld Riverdale Early Learning Coalition
  5. Palatine Early Learning Alliance
  6. Plano Area Alliance Supporting Student Success
  7. Champaign County Home Visitor Consortium
  8. Macon County Early Childhood Collaboration
  9. Early Childhood Alliance (Skokie-Morton Grove)
  10. Early Childhood Coalition of Lake County



Cohort 2 Collaborations 

  1. North Lawndale Early Learning Collaboration
  2. Bensenville/Elmhurst
  3. Carpentersville Early Childhood Collaboration
  4. Glenbard Early Childhood Collaboration
  5. DeKalb Coordinated Intake Collaboration
  6. St. Charles Community Collaboration