September 2023

This evaluation brief by the American Institutes for Research® (AIR®) shares findings from the first year of implementation in Michigan communities. First 10 pilot sites addressed barriers that limit families’ access to school readiness services;  aligned pre-K and Kindergarten practices; and improved collaboration among schools, early childhood programs, and community partners; among other successes.

A photo of MI First 10 team.
Yale School of Medicine, 
June 2021

David Jacobson describes the three core design principles of innovative communities nationwide that are reinventing early childhood education: connecting early years and early grades, deepening partnerships with families, and strengthening communities.