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It is well established that nonacademic barriers to learning, such as emotional issues, behavior challenges, living in poverty, and family problems, can impede a child’s ability to be successful in school. Community–university partnerships offer new possibilities for building the capacity of early childhood education to more effectively meet the needs of today’s young children by partnering with faculty and students from across disciplines and capitalizing on the university’s goals of civic engagement, interdisciplinary collaboration, applied research, and innovative opportunities for student internships. This entry first discusses what community–university partnerships entail, how these partnerships can address community issues, and the role of collaboration in supporting early childhood professionals and helping families. It then discusses how these partnerships can be developed, implemented, and evaluated, as well ...

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