CEELO is partnering with New America on a blog series focused on how states have implemented early childhood policies and programs in their Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plans. The series, kicking off in September, will assess progress one-year into ESSA in five areas: school quality indicators, school improvement, data and transparency, educator support and family engagement and transitions.

State, national and local education leaders are invited to share blogs discussing ESSA implementation, emerging obstacles and solutions, and early success. If you are interested, please contact Lori Connors-Tadros at CEELO or Laura Bornfreund at New America.

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This major federal education law provides both significant flexibility and opportunity to state and local education agencies. While early childhood education (ECE) has always been recognized by federal education law, ESSA “provides an open door for states to expand early learning opportunities.” (Unlocking ESSA’s Potential to Support Early Learning)

Here you can find blogs by early childhood education scholars and researchers exploring key issues raised by ESSA and its implementation. Our goal is to inform educators and policymakers, as well as spark conversations about how best to enable every child to succeed under ESSA. We recommend accessing our Early Learning and ESSA page to find relevant and timely resources. Please share your feedback and ideas.


Social and Emotional Learning Under ESSA

While the importance of strong academics is well-known, research now indicates early social-emotional learning (SEL) skills are important elements of school readiness and healthy child development, which are critical for…

Tips for Building ECE into ESSA School Improvement Plans

State education agencies looking to improve long-term student outcomes, accelerate educational progress, and close achievement gaps cannot afford to start their efforts at third grade, when most state tests begin.…

What’s the Right Thing to Do for Every Child to Succeed?

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides both significant flexibility and opportunity to state and local education agencies to increase access to high quality early learning programs, align and coordinate…
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