This free, hour-long webinar will highlight a new set of case studies that will be published by NLC's Institute for Youth, Education and Families on April 30 highlighting an emerging city strategy for ensuring that more young children are poised for educational success: the alignment of early care and education programs with K-12 education systems.
“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. Representatives from the case study cities will discuss lessons learned from their efforts:
Speakers will discuss how their 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.
The case study report grew out of the YEF Institute’s Educational Alignment for Young Children initiative, which was supported by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and built on a decade of NLC efforts to promote municipal leadership in both the early childhood and K-12 education systems. An anonymous donor provided funding for the research and documentation of the case studies.