Report highlights importance of early childhood education


  1. Better integrate and align federal policy, regulation, and funding to enable states and communities to build a coherent system of early learning from pre-K programs through third grade
  2. Coordinate and streamline state and local governance
  3. Expand funding for pre-kindergarten through third grade learning to ensure that all children—particularly the most at-risk children—have access to high-quality, full-day learning experiences
  4. Ensure that funding for the full continuum of pre-K programs through third grade learning is directed to programs of high quality
  5. Leverage and integrate private funding with public resources
  6. Create an aligned continuum of research-based, age-appropriate standards for young children that include a focus on social, emotional, cognitive, language, and physical development, and creative learning, as well as school-related skills
  7. Develop and support an effective, well-compensated workforce with high-quality teacher and administrator preparation programs, professional development, and continuing education. These educators should be versed in the full continuum of early childhood education.
  8. Develop and administer age-appropriate assessments that include both formative and summative evaluations to help guide teaching and learning and to inform program effectiveness
  9. Develop state and local longitudinal data systems that include pre-K student and program information
  10. Evaluate models of early learning integration and alignment through research

Guernsey acknowledged that some of these steps will require a large amount of work.

“There are some bite-sized [steps], and there are some other really big shifts in culture and in governance that need to take place,” she said.

One of these shifts is a more reliable flow of funding.

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