“American public policy has to shift to acknowledge that the core skills needed for success in life are formed before children enter school.”
- James Heckman, Nobel prize-winning economist, The American Family in Black and White: A Post-Racial Strategy for Improving Skills to Promote Equality, February 2011

"[T]he time has come to begin to close the gap between what we know (from systematic scientific inquiry across a broad range of disciplines) and what we do (through both public and private sector policies and practices) to promote the healthy development of all young children."
- The Science of Early Childhood Development (2007), p. 13, National Scientific Council on the Developing Child.

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PreK-3 News

Being an Effective Pre-K-3rd Grade Principal
Click Here, March 24, 2021, webinar presented by the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) and the National P3 Center.

First 10
First 10 supports schools and communities working to improve teaching, learning, and care throughout the first decade of children’s lives. In particular, we support First 10 Schools and Communities, initiatives that bring together school districts, elementary schools, and early childhood programs to improve education and care for young children and their families.
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Cultivating Pre-K Through Third Grade Leaders Across Systems in Minnesota
Click Here, New America

2018-19 Regional PreK-3 Workshops
Series of three workshops being offered regionally.
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Supporting DLLs in Superdiverse PreK-3 Programs: Findings from Two Studies
Click Here, Migration Policy Institute

Series I: PreK-3 Principal Leadership Series - Cohort 4 - 2017-18
Click here for flier, Five Sessions from September to December Click here for more information and registration (Click Here for Lead Flier)

Series II: Building Rigorous and Robust PreK-3 Learning Environments
More information coming soon!

Series III: Building PreK-3 Systems: From Alignment to Coherence
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Case Studies of Schools Implementing Early Elementary Strategies: Preschool Through Third Grade Alignment and Differentiated Instruction
Click Here, U.S. Department of Education

Starting Early: Education from Prekindergarten to Third Grade
Click Here, The Future of Children, 26(2), Fall 2016.

Birth–3rd and Leadership: Steve Tozer’s Message to the Birth–3rd Community
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The Power of a Good Idea: How the San Francisco School District is Building a PreK-3rd Grade Bridge
Click Here, or go to by Paul Nyhan, New America Foundation.

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