A Look at Prekindergarten Across the Country

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Author(s): Lori Connors-Tadros, Karin Garver
Date: August 2018

CEELO and NIEER presenters provided information during this webinar to the National Council of State Legislatures Early Learning Fellows Program, highlighting how to design PreK programs for success, and craft policies to reach goals. The presentation focuses on costs and revenues, selected high-capacity states, and how to seize opportunities in ESSA, PDG and other resources. (August 2018)

The State of Early Learning in ESSA: Plans and Opportunities for Implementation

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Author(s): Bonnie O’Keefe
Date: December 2017

This brief focuses on three key topics for early learning in ESSA: setting clear goals and policy priorities for early learning, integrating early learning into school improvement, and supporting early childhood educator development. Based on a review of submitted state ESSA plans, the brief provides examples from state plans that highlights a variety of approaches from different state education agencies and identifies areas for further growth and attention in implementation.

Leading the Way: How States are Addressing Early Learning Under ESSA

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Date: March 2017

This webinar provides participants with resources, examples, and strategies for including early learning in their ESSA state plans. State leaders from Arkansas, Louisiana, Michigan, and Washington describe on their strategies for integrating the following key policy areas that research shows help reduce achievement gaps for young children: Increasing access to high-quality preschool; Aligning and coordinating early learning programs from birth to grade; Preparing and supporting highly effective teachers and leaders. This webinar was co-hosted by CEELO and the REL Southwest.

Preparing for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA): Early Learning

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Date: October 2016

This webinar was held on Oct. 31 and hosted by CEELO and the National Association of Early Childhood Specialists in State Departments of Education (NAECS-SDE). The webinar includes information from the USED Office of Early Learning  on the guidance (see below)and views from three states – North Carolina, Colorado and Arizona – on their efforts to strengthen early learning in their ESSA planning. (Recording | Slide handout)

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