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January 2018Volume 18, No. 1
Stepping Up for Early Childhood Education


The impact of early childhood education is undeniable. Recent studies indicate that programs for children under five can significantly decrease special education placement and grade retention, close achievement gaps, and increase high school graduation rates. States see this value too: Forty-three states and the District of Columbia provide state-funded preschool, serving nearly 1.5 million children. Yet access to high-quality early education across the country remains uneven, and many children still enter elementary school unprepared. The new issue of NASBE’s award-winning journal, The State Education Standard, explores ways state policymakers can ensure all children have a strong start.

 

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State ESSA Plans Address Early Education

 

Looking Back, Looking Forward: Tracing the Arc of Early Childhood Policy
A 30-year-old NASBE task force on early education still holds water, even as the context and concerns of the field have shifted.
By Lori Connors-Tadros and Madelyn Gardner 

Transforming the Early Care and Education Workforce
It’s time to improve care for the youngest learners by improving preparation and support for those who teach them.
By Sara Vecchiotti 

States Pave the Way for Smoother Transitions to Kindergarten
Four states back statewide initiatives to make sure children are ready for kindergarten.
By Aaron Loewenberg

Fully Funding Pre-K through K-12 Funding Formulas
While just 11 states have tried it, inclusion of state-funded pre-K in the school funding formula may well be the best option for extending access to more children.
By W. Steven Barnett and Richard Kasmin

Serving Young Dual Language Learners in Illinois
Illinois puts the accent on interagency collaboration to achieve linguistically and culturally appropriate instruction.
By Luisiana Meléndez and Patricia Chamberlain

Leveraging Early Childhood Data for Better Decision Making
Most states now have the tools they need to make good decisions for early learners. Now they need to learn how to use them.
By Philip Sirinides and Missy Coffey

 




Featured Items

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Using Federal Funds to Remediate Lead

This NASBE analysis highlights ways state leaders can leverage the current policy climate and available federal funds to better support school districts in lead remediation so that all children have access to clean drinking water in schools.
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The Role of Schools in Racial Justice

Authors in this issue argue schools can progress toward educational equity only if, at every challenge, state leaders are willing to make decisions that put the needs of our most vulnerable students first.

Paolo DeMaria Selected as NASBE’s Next President and CEO

DeMaria most recently served as Ohio’s superintendent of public instruction and brings 30 years in state education policymaking, organizational leadership, and strategic planning to NASBE. He becomes NASBE’s president and CEO in January 2022.

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