“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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Minnesota PreK-3 Principal Leadership Series - Oct 29, Dec 7, Jan 11, Mar 2, Apr 28

This comprehensive, 5-day series supports elementary level principals in improving their school's readiness and the alignment of policies and practices across the birth-to-age eight learning continuum. Developed in partnership between the Minnesota Elementary School Principals’ Association and the Minnesota Department of Education, this series will cover a range of topics to help principals and their team members prepare strong Prek-3 programs in their schools.
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Leading PreK-3 Learning Communities: Competencies for Effective Principal Practice
Click here or go to for a copy of this publication from the National Association of Elementary School Principals

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
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