Community-University Partnerships (CUPS)

CUPS Manager for Community Partnerships
CUPS for ECP & the LEND Center at the University of Pittsburgh

CUPS is designed as a "collaborative leadership team (COLT)" for creating active, applied service, research, and policy/advocacy initiatives among Early Childhood Partnerships (ECP); faculty and fellows of the LEND Center at the University of Pittsburgh (formerly UCLID) and community leaders and stakeholders of diverse education, health, and human service agencies in Western Pennsylvania and the tri-state region. 

CUPS processes will promote co-equal leadership and partnerships among the University-Hospital "community" within ECP& LEND and among community agencies for mutual benefits to: (1) combine the power of university and community leaders; (2) blend human and financial resources for mutual benefits; (3) augment the capacities and influence of community programs; and (4) advance and transform policy and practices for individuals and their families who are vulnerable across the life-span, especially those who are at-risk or who have developmental disabilities and medical conditions. 

CUPS makes tangible the mandate of Dr. Nordenberg, Chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh, through the University Senate that identifies…"community service as a necessary and respected complement to the University's mission" (University Times, 2008, p.6). The community relations committee of the Senate directs university faculty and departments to identify and develop…"opportunities for community service and civic engagement as expressed through service learning and community-based research (p.6)." 

The attached proposals and reports details CUPS activities and the membership of the CUPS Council

See the attached proposal and interim reports which explain CUPS.

Download a Powerpoint presentation on CUPS.

The following is a selected list of the local, regional, state, national and international collaborators who have entered into past or current interagency partnership agreements with ECP to support mutual aims:

  • Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL), Commonwealth of PA Departments of Public Welfare and Education
  • Early Intervention Institutes of Australia and New Zealand
  • The Barber National Insitute, Erie, PA
  • The ARC of Pennsylania, Include Me from the Start
  • Northern Panhandle Head Start, Inc., West Virginia
  • Beaver County Head Start
  • The Vira and Howard Heinz Endowments
  • Beginning with Books
  • Allegheny County Department of Human Services-Alliance for Infants and Toddlers
  • US Department of Commerce
  • Center for Disease Control and Prevention
  • US Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Children and Families
  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education, Early Intervention Branch
  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Public Welfare, Early Intervention
  • Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PATTAN)
  • The Jewish Healthcare Foundation of Pittsburgh
  • State of Georgia, Department of Human Resources, Division of Public Health, Children First
  • CenClear Child Services, Head Start
  • Greater Braddock Early Childhood Network
  • Hosanna House, Wilkinsburg Early Childhood Initiative
  • School Readiness Group of Westmoreland County
  • Woodland Hills School District
  • Montgomery County Maryland Public Schools, Kids First Alliance
  • United Way of Lancaster/Lancaster Osteopathic Health Association, Success by Six
  • United Way of York, Focus on Our Future
  • Erie City School District/Gannon University/Erie Community Foundation
  • US Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS)
  • Pittsburgh Public Schools, Board of Education
  • Council of Three Rivers American Indian Center (COTRAIC) Head Start
  • Community Development Institute Head Start
  • Early Childhood and Family Support Services, Allegheny County/Allegheny Intermediate Unit Head Start
  • Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, Child Development Resource Developers (CDRD)  
  • Allegheny County Children's Cabinet
  • US Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children, Youth, and Families, Head Start Bureau
  • Child Development Resources (Virginia); Georgetown University Child Development Center (District of Columbia)
  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Early Intervention Technical Assistance (EITA), Bureau of Special Education
  • US Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs
  • Orelena Hawks Puckett Institute, Center for Evidence-based Practices
  • SRI International, Early Childhood Outcomes Study (ECOS), Office of Special Education Programs, US Department of Education
  • Federico II University Medical School, Departments of Pediatrics & Genetics, Naples, ITAL
  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)--Pediatric section
  • University of Connecticut University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities and the SERC of Connecticut, Part C and B programs for young children with disabilities
  • SEECAP, California Department of Education, Special Education Early Childhood Administrators Project 



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