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Early Childhood

Early Childhood is a subtopic of Education.

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  • CitiesSpeak

Giving proper support to the people who care for young children is really a matter of infrastructure in any city – and city leaders should treat it with that level of importance. Here are five key takeaways from the…

photo - Local Leaders Take on Tough Issues to Support the Early Childhood Workforce
photo - Local Leaders Take on Tough Issues to Support the Early Childhood Workforce
  • CitiesSpeak

“Imagine a city known for excellent environmental education because its parks are natural classroom. As a city, we are creating greater access to nature for all of our younger residents.” -Grand Rapids, Michigan, Mayor…

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photo - Seven Cities Activate Strategies to Connect Kids to Nature
  • Toolkit

City officials are well positioned to spearhead or support community initiatives that help young children succeed. Even in smaller communities, mayors and city councilmembers can play key roles in improving outcomes for young children and their…

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  • Issue Brief
Educational Alignment Framework for Young Children

Local leaders can bring together key stakeholders to improve early education and strengthen local schools, provide better alignment between community based early education, and school-based…

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  • Issue Brief
Introduction

A child’s early years are a time of incredible growth and development, and what happens during these years can have a major impact on his or her opportunities for success later in life. Children who participate in high-quality early…

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Over the course of two years, each of the six cities participating in the initiative created a stakeholder group or enlisted an existing work group to promote early educational alignment in their cities. Through this process, the YEF Institute…

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Municipal Leadership to Promote Educational Alignment for Young Children

In 2013, NLC launched Municipal Leadership to Promote Educational Alignment for Young Children, a YEF Institute technical assistance project, to help six cities begin the…

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Acknowledgements

Katie Whitehouse is the primary author of this publication. Clifford M. Johnson, Tonja Rucker and Emily Pickren also made significant contributions.

This publication is made possible through the generous support of the W…

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San Francisco is a national leader in early childhood care and education. Through Mayor Edwin Lee’s Office of Early Care and Education and the city’s Preschool for All program, San Francisco provides opportunities that support early…

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In launching Portland ConnectED--a cross-sector partnership of the city, the school district and other community partners--former Mayor Michael Brennan made early childhood a priority in a communitywide, cradle-to-career approach to…