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Early Childhood Education

Press Release

Michigan Takes Bold Steps to Improve Early Learning by Narrowing Teacher Licensure Bands

A new NASBE analysis explains how Michigan jettisoned its broad elementary teaching licenses in favor of preK-3 and 3-6 licenses that will better equip new teachers with developmentally appropriate knowledge and skills.

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Press Release

NASBE's Early Childhood Education Workgroup Kicks Off in May

NASBE welcomed 12 state board of education members from 11 states to Alexandria, Virginia, for the inaugural meeting of its Early Childhood Education (ECE) Workgroup.

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Policy Update

Collaborating to Support the Early Childhood Workforce

This NASBE policy update explores how NASBE, the National League of Cities (NLC), and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) built up the nation’s early childhood education (ECE) workforce through an effective collaboration.

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Policy Update

Supporting a Diverse Early Childhood Workforce for Dual Language Learners

This NASBE policy update urges state boards of education to adopt a vision for supporting young DLLs that includes developing the cultural and linguistic competence of the ECE workforce.

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Education Leaders Reports

The Role of State Boards in Improving Early Childhood Education

State boards have authority that positions them to be key players in improving early education.

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The Standard

Stepping Up for Early Childhood Education

The impact of early childhood education is undeniable. Yet access to high-quality early education across the country remains uneven, and many children still enter elementary school unprepared.

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Commentary

States Detail Strategies to Invest in the Early Childhood Workforce in Their ESSA Plans

This commentary outlines ways states are leveraging ESSA to advance early learning policy.

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Policy Update

Advancing the Early Learning Workforce through State Policies

This NASBE policy update examines the US preschool workforce skills gap and outlines ways state boards can strengthen policies to advance the early education workforce and ensure a high-quality education for preschool learners.

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Policy Update

Early Care and Education Legislation in 2016

This policy update provides a rundown of state legislative action on early education in 2016, plus important trends.

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