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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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Transitions to Kindergarten: Findings from Recent Research

The landscape of both PreK and kindergarten has shifted over the past 20 years. The transition to kindergarten has become increasingly important, especially as the COVID-19 pandemic has affected enrollment patterns. How can elementary schools, early care and education (ECE) programs, state agencies, and systems best support transitions in this new context? This brief provides …

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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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Pandemic-Related Transitions: P-3 Contexts

Across the nation, young students, pre-school through 3rd grade, are experiencing transitions in their learning contexts due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “School” may be in-person, at-home, on-line, or a hybrid of these arrangements. The school year likely began in one format and has shifted, once or multiple times, since then.  School districts, elementary schools, and their early care …

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Restart and Recovery – Considerations for Teaching and Learning: PreK to 3rd Grade

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) just released a document, Restart and Recovery – Considerations for Teaching and Learning: PreK to 3rd Grade. This resource guide is intended for state and school system leaders to use as they implement reopening plans for young students during the 2020-21 school year. The changing circumstances of the pandemic …

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School-based PreK, Kindergarten, and the Early Grades: Fall Re-Entry Planning in a Pandemic

As states and school districts navigate plans for Fall 2020, we are hosting a series of conversations with education decisionmakers in state education agencies (SEAs) and school districts. We believe better and smarter ideas emerge when colleagues have the space for open discussion and deliberation.  The link below will take you to a summary of …

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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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PreK-3rd Grade Alignment in California School Districts

What types of PreK-3rd grade alignment efforts are school districts making? What challenges are they encountering? In what ways does state policy facilitate or hinder alignment efforts?   A new study by Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE) examined these questions. The authors interviewed representatives from 25 districts that have preschools on one or more …

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