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This paper presents a case study and analysis of an intergovernmental negotiation concerning a change in contracting for Title XX daycare for low-income families in San Antonio that occurred in 1982 and 1983, which all participants to the process have agreed was a spectacular failure. It is the intent of the author to use that situation as a ready-made lesson plan for how to be more effective in a similar intergovernmental implementation process. A failure in implementation was selected for study because it is easier to identify the elements necessary to achieve consensus among all players by looking at the points of conflict and analyzing why they were not able to be resolved. The failure of this particular proposal, then, can serve as a lesson plan on how to more effectively strategize a similar situation in the future.