“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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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.

Cultivating Pre-K Through Third Grade Leaders Across Systems in Minnesota
Click Here, New America

Building Strong Readers in Minnesota: PreK–3rd Grade Policies That Support Children’s Literacy Development
Click Here, New America Foundation
Presentation, YouTube

Case Studies of Schools Implementing Early Elementary Strategies: Preschool Through Third Grade Alignment and Differentiated Instruction
Click Here, U.S. Department of Education

Growing the Village: Aligning Pre-K to Third Grade for All Minnesota Children
Click Here, MinnPost

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
Click Here or go to The Birth Through Third Grade Learning Hub at

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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