First 10 partnerships bring together school districts, elementary schools, early childhood programs, and community agencies to improve the quality and coordination of education and care for young children and their families. Motivated by a commitment to educational equity, they work to improve teaching and learning, deepen partnerships with families, and provide comprehensive services for children and their families.

First 10 is a project of Educational Development Center (EDC) and is led by David Jacobson (djacobson[at]edc.org). We provide technical assistance to communities, school districts, and state departments of education and health and conduct applied research. Services include:

  • Assessing assets and needs
  • Strategic planning
  • Partnership design and facilitation
  • Formative implementation research and documentation

Through our blog (first10.org) and related research, we track, profile, and analyze First 10 initiatives with the aim of promoting learning, exchange, and knowledge-building across communities.

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