Checklist for Developing a Partnership Agreement/Contract

Partnerships between early education providers need critical elements and information for smooth, strong, and sustainable collaborations. Early education partners may use this checklist to define and review roles and responsibilities of their contractual agreements.


Early education partners can use this checklist to assist them in developing a comprehensive agreement that clearly addresses each partner's roles and responsibilities and many of the elements needed for the partnership to run smoothly. While agreements can and should be reviewed and revised over time, a strong agreement forged early in the partnership lays the foundation for a strong and sustainable collaboration.

A partnership agreement between early education providers contains critical information and clarifying details. Agreements include some standard legal sections, but the language used often sets the tone for a "partnership spirit." To support the type of information that is included in an agreement, the QUILT project provided a list of specifics that partners might include in a written agreement, although not every item need be addressed.

Agreements vary, reflecting the uniqueness of the partnership. Early education providers can use this document as they develop or review their partnership agreements. Full text»  [PDF, 483KB]

Checklist for Developing a Partnership Agreement/Contract. HHS/ACF/OHS. 2008. English. [PDF, 483KB].

Last Reviewed: October 2012

Last Updated: November 13, 2014