Cover Image of The Role of State Boards in Improving Early Childhood Education

Recognizing the importance of early childhood education (ECE), federal and state governments have been investing billions of dollars to serve the nation’s youngest children. Yet many children still enter elementary school unprepared, and their K-12 schooling largely fails to close those initial gaps. State boards of education have authority that positions them to be key players in improving early education. This NASBE Education Leaders Report discusses opportunities for state boards to use this authority to improve ECE policy in their states.