Welcome back from the long weekend and best wishes for the 2014-15 academic year.
In case you missed it in August, the New America Foundation’s Early Education blog provides a good summary of the new Preschool Development Grants announced by the federal government.
Be sure not to miss this important policy brief from the Early Education Initiative at the New America Foundation: Beyond Subprime Learning: Accelerating Progress in Early Education.
The report presents a vision for early education (on page 3) and 8 overarching actions for realizing that vision:
- Bridge the Continuum: Streamline Systems Across the Birth-through-Third-Grade Years
- Upgrade Educators: Professionalize and Improve the Early Education Workforce
- Emphasize Families: Develop Dual-Generation Strategies for Children’s Success
- Intentionally Support Dual-Language Learners: Embrace Children’s Languages as Assets
- Rethink Standards and Assessment: Coordinate Teaching and Learning for Young Children
- Strengthen and Improve Accountability Systems: Promote Children’s Learning and Development
- Collect and Use Data Responsibly: Inform Educators and Policymakers
- Bring Research Closer to Policy and Practice: Use Implementation Science and Openness
The Executive Office of Education has created a new website: Building the Foundation for College and Career Success for Children from Birth through Grade 3.
According to the announcement,
We designed this website to achieve two goals: first, it will serve as a resource for educators from birth through postsecondary education, policymakers, municipal and state officials; legislators, community and business representatives; and other stakeholders regarding the development and implementation of exciting strategies in Massachusetts; and second, it will serve as an important tool for sharing information about our work and highlighting upcoming activities and events.
And from the website:
Massachusetts is developing a birth through grade 3 policy agenda, one that builds on our ongoing efforts to create a public education system that supports our children from birth through postsecondary education. By creating this agenda, we will enhance the quality of educational and other services provided to children and families and also increase policy alignment and collaboration among our state education agencies – the Department of Early Education and Care, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and the Department of Higher Education. Lastly, we will strengthen essential partnerships with educators, parents and families, local and state officials, legislators, community and business partners, and other members of the Commonwealth community, which will enable us to make an even stronger commitment to our children.
Check out the website for additional information on Massachusetts’ emerging Birth-Third policy agenda.