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Transforming America's Primary Education System for the 21st Century

Published: March 2012

Publisher(s): Foundation for Child Development

Funder(s): Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund

View Report (17 pages; 912KB; PDF)

Area of Focus: Early Learning; Educational Standards; Literacy/Reading Skills


PreK-3rd is a national initiative to transform how children ages three to eight learn in schools. The slide presentation highlights the need for better integration of early learning programs with the K-12 system, describes the preK-3rd approach, and presents research on the positive effects of well-integrated programs.

Key Findings and/or Recommendations

=70 percent of all American children—and about 80 percent of children of color living in low-income households—are not reading at grade level when tested at the beginning of fourth grade, based on the National Assessment of Education Progress.

=PreK-3rd’s approach includes: full-day education starting at age three (preferable at age two); aligned standards, curriculum, instruction, and assessment; superintendant leadership for district-wide change; and family engagement.

Focus: National

Subjects/Keywords: Early Learning; Educational Standards; English Language Learner; Kindergarten; Literacy; Low-Income; Pre-K; Preschool; Public Education; Reading

+ Successful strategy
= Observation
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