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Educational alignment for young children: Profiles of local innovation

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The Institute for Youth, Education, and Families
Publication Date: 
22 May 2012



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:

  • Formal partnerships or governance structures;
  • Access to quality early education;
  • School quality and organization;
  • Communication and data sharing;
  • Qualified teachers and administrators;
  • Alignment of standards, curricula, teaching practices and assessments;
  • Parent engagement and family supports;
  • Programs to facilitate smooth transitions to school;
  • Public awareness of the importance of early education; and
  • Creative funding strategies.

- reprinted from The National League of Cities website

Entered Date: 
22 May 2012
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