Going upstream: Closing the achievement gap before it starts – AEI – American Enterprise Institute: Freedom, Opportunity, Enterprise2nd February 2019
“Going upstream” in the education process — ensuring children enter school ready to learn rather than remediating deficits later — is emerging as a promising strategy for improving K–12 achievement. For the first time, federal education law now explicitly encourages state education agencies to collaborate with early learning programs. Yet even though science underscores the period from birth to age 3 as especially crucial for school readiness, few school systems have gone beyond adding pre-K for 4-year-olds.
Public Prep, a network of New York City charter schools, has just launched a unique partnership with the Parent-Child Home Program to provide school-readiness-focused home visiting to students’ younger siblings from 18 months on, offering a rare example of K–12 collaboration with early childhood.
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