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It's time to build a bridge between early childhood programs and the K–3 system to ensure continued success for all children. This is the ultimate how-to manual for administrators and teachers who wish to maintain and maximize the gains children make in preschool.

—Sally Wingle, Preschool Teacher

Chelsea Community Preschool, MI

A great guide pointing in the right direction for starting a program. With the U.S. Department of Education's emphasis on early childhood education and new monies available from the stimulus plan, this book is a valuable resource.

—Cindy Luna, Principal

Northside ISD, San Antonio, TX

A 10-step plan for linking early childhood education to the K–3 system!

The national push for improving young children's early learning experiences is no longer just about preschool. Now the focus is on strategic planning to increase achievement by reaching out to community early childhood education providers, establishing a strong PreK–3 foundation that connects early childhood education standards and goals to a K–3 system, and ensuring that young learners receive high-quality instruction before kindergarten.

Drawing on more than 20 years' success with a PreK–3 system in Washington state, the authors present a 10-step, field-tested model that demonstrates how early childhood professionals and K–12 school leaders can outline a clear implementation plan for an integrated PreK–3 system that: Identifies both families' and children's needs; Shares developmental information about individual learning skills and social/emotional development as children transition to kindergarten; Aligns resources, curriculum, instruction, and assessments; Anticipates challenges and celebrates successes; Invites input from superintendents, state officials, Head Start leaders, and Title I directors

Introduction: Connecting Early Childhood and K–12 Programs: How to Build a PreK–3 System
Introduction: Connecting early childhood and K–12 programs: How to build a PreK–3 system

It is with great joy and hope that we write this book for those who have the passion and desire to connect early childhood programs with the K–3 system in order to increase achievement for all children. The joy comes from the assurance that if you build a strong PreK–3 system of support, children will benefit greatly. The hope comes from the knowledge that you can do the work of combining efforts to build a community-based support system that leads to higher gains for our young students.

We wrote this book for principals, administrators, school board members, and early childhood education ...

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