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At National Journal: President's Plan is More than Pre-K

Published:  March 1, 2013
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Last week's National Journal Education Experts blog asks whether the president’s plan to expand all 4-year-olds access to high quality pre-K is a step in the right direction.

I say yes. His plan gives weight to the idea that we should no longer think of education as a K-12 system, but instead as a PreK-12 system.

I also note that his plan could go further by encouraging states to find ways in kindergarten, first, second and third grade to build instructionally on the knowledge and skills children gain in pre-K, ensuring that those benefits are sustained. I say:

For too long, proposals to improve children’s chances for success in school and beyond have focused on intervention, remediation or turning around schools that are failing students, instead of on improving the experiences of our youngest learners in birth through age 5 early learning programs, making full-day kindergarten available and ensuring that early childhood programs have effective, well-trained teachers who provide students with a challenging, well-rounded curriculum and opportunities to learn from their peers and from the world around them.

Read my full response here.


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