Kristie Kauerz

Pre-K Access and Success in Elementary School

While the effects of high quality pre-kindergarten are well documented, access remains a challenge. In addition, there are questions about how the geographic location of pre-K classrooms influences children’s enrollment and outcomes.   In 2013-14 Chicago Public Schools (CPS) implemented policy changes to improve access for children and families they have historically underserved. By funding …

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P-3 Leadership Certificate Program, Fully Online, Starts in June!

We are excited to announce a 10-month, fully online P-3 Leadership Certificate Program intended to engage elementary principals, school district administrators, and early care and education (ECE) leaders. The pandemic has increased awareness about the inequitable learning opportunities provided to children in early learning and the early grades. This Certificate Program provides timely, intentional professional …

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A Principal’s Guide to Early Learning and the Early Grades (Pre-K–3rd Grade)

The National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), in partnership with the National P–3 Center, is proud to announce the release of a new guidebook, Leading Learning Communities: A Principal’s Guide to Early Learning and the Early Grades (Pre-K–3rd Grade). The guide articulates a vision and practical strategies leaders in early childhood and elementary education can use …

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PreK-3rd Grade and At-Home Learning

This document provides specific guidance related to school districts’ and elementary schools’ supports for at-home learning across the primary grades (PreK-3rd grade). This is not a compilation of e-resources. Rather, this document provides guidance about how to best support at-home learning, focusing on two fundamentals of effective teaching and learning in the early grades: child …

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Nominate Elementary Schools Doing Amazing PreK-3rd Grade Work

We want to hear about elementary schools that are deeply engaged in PreK-3rd grade work. As part of our project to update National Association of Elementary School Principals’ (NAESP) 2014 guide Leading Pre-K-3 Learning Communities: Competencies for Effective Principal Practice, we will include “spotlights” that highlight schools from around the country. To nominate a school, …

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P-3 and State Policy

In concept, “alignment” sounds promising. It can be difficult to operationalize, however, especially for state policymakers. The National P-3 Center strives to make sense of states’ roles in P-3 work. For example, from 2017-2019, funded by the Nevada Department of Education’s Preschool Development Grant (PDG), we conducted a review of the B-3* alignment of state-level …

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