Our recent seminar The Future of Early Education Systems in California (PreK-3rd) featuring Brad Strong, Director of Education, Children Now, Lisa Guernsey, Director, Early Education Initiative, New America Foundation and Loretta Burns, Director, Santa Clara County Partnership for School Readiness, took place last week but no audio is available.
California’s education system continues to struggle to close persistent achievement gaps that often exist at school entry, and the state’s dire fiscal situation certainly doesn’t help. But real progress is possible, even now, as new strategies to build seamless early learning systems are being developed and supported through federal efforts. Presenters discussed the critical components of PreK-3rd systems, provided specific examples of how these systems are working locally to improve school readiness in California, and offered up new opportunities for statewide leadership that are outlined in a New America Foundation report on California’s early education system.
Please see the following links for more information:
Children Now, Kindergarten Readiness Data: Improving Children’s Success in School
Santa Clara County Partnership for School Readiness, School Readiness Assessment - 2008
New America Foundation, On the Cusp in California: How PreK-3rd Strategies Could Improve Education in the Golden State