The PreK-3rd Grade National Work Group
The PreK-3rd Grade National Work Group seeks to promote high-quality learning experiences for children from prekindergarten through third grade.
We are committed to building knowledge and understanding of effective PreK-3rd policy and practice, with an emphasis on instruction and engagement in learning. This requires creating an aligned and high-quality system of early learning across early childhood and elementary education, which is critical to establishing a strong foundation for life-long learning. While our primary focus is on education and learning from ages 3 to 8, we recognize that children need high quality opportunities to learn beginning at birth and continuing through post-secondary education.
New Webinar: On October 3, 2013 we held our latest webinar, A Portrait of PreK-3rd Grade Alignment in San Antonio. This webinar showcased San Antonio, Texas, highlighting how the city has followed a Prek-3rd grade approach to reshape early childhood and family support services. Speakers shared lessons and specific examples about the collaborative system they have built to provide high quality, complementary and connected educational opportunities for children from pre-kindergarten through third grade. Presentation slides are here.
In 2012 and early 2013, the Work Group hosted a free eight-part webinar series entitled Reducing the Achievement Gap by 4th Grade: The PreK-3rd Approach in Action. The last of these webinars, Scale and Sustainability: Implications for State and District Policy, was held on January 30, 2013. For more information on the previous webinars, including presentation slides and video, see our events page.
In June 2013, we published a four-page highlights document (see image to the left) that explains the series in greater detail. To download the PDF, click here.