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Educational Alignment for Young Children: Profiles of Local Innovation
identifies five cities that are on the leading edge of efforts to
create a seamless educational pipeline for children ages 0-8.
Innovative alignment strategies in Boston, Hartford, San Antonio, San
José and Seattle aim to ensure that more children are succeeding in
school and reading at grade level by the end of third grade.
These cities are working to restructure the historically disjointed
relationship between early education providers and elementary schools by
bringing together teachers and other key stakeholders from each system,
better aligning preschool and school-based learning and improving
transitions as children move from one level to the next. Mayors and
other municipal officials are increasingly serving as catalysts for this
work in recognition of the vital importance of early learning and
development to a child’s future academic potential as well as their
cities’ economic development, public safety and quality of life.
Drawing on the experiences and lessons learned from each city profiled
in the case studies, the report identifies ten common elements of a
well-aligned educational system:
- reprinted from The National League of Cities website
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