ALIGNMENT THROUGH PARTNERSHIP NETWORKS [CINCINNATI]
In Cincinnati, OH, the organization of multiple services and learning enrichment at the district level is achieved through partnership networks rather than a single intermediary organization. Through a Cross-Boundary Leadership Team, leaders of networks concerned with a range of needs and opportunities from after school and mental health, to physical health to tutoring and mentoring and others. In order to ensure coordination with the curriculum, avoid administrative overhead and increase efficiency, every organization who wants to partner in public schools must become part of a specific partnership network. Networks are developed in specific service areas to assess agencies and organizations with the capacity and expertise to meet specific school needs. Selected providers are then assigned by the network to a school site. This approach gives the provider essentially "exclusive rights" to a school; prevents service overlap with any other provider; and ensures that all schools have equitable access. These networks support implementation in line with school plans, provide ongoing quality control and professional development, and develop business plans and financing strategies to sustain their work. Some of these networks are staffed by volunteers, others have sought foundation support as 501c3 non-profit entities.