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Remarks Presented at the U.S. Department of Education's 'Early Learning Tour'

How and Why PreK-3rd Structures Should be a Part of Reform
April 23, 2010 |

On April 23, the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services held their first "Listening and Learning about Early Learning" meeting in Washington, D.C. The meeting focused on a topic that is central to our work at the Early Education Initiative: Preschool-Grade 3 structures. The meeting was led by Jaqueline Jones, senior advisor on early learning to Secretary Duncan, and Joan Lombardi, a deputy assistant secretary in the Department of Health and Human Services and the inter-departmental liaison for early childhood development at the Administration for Children and Families.

At the meeting, various early education stakeholders presented recommendations for how and why PreK-3rd structures should be implemented. On behalf of New America’s Early Education Initiative, Maggie Severns shared recommendations for building structures that will align and improve the early years of education for all children. Among other things, Maggie stressed the importance of building better data systems to keep track of children’s progress starting in pre-K, if not before, and ensuring to include community providers when creating PreK-3rd learning structures.

The text of the recommendations can be downloaded as a PDF from the column to the right.