Equity Starts Early: How Chiefs Will Build High-Quality Early Education

This policy paper outlines five action steps to leverage the value of early childhood education for a state's public education system. 

  1. Engage famlies and communities in early learning.
  2. Connect early childhood programs and elementary schools.
  3. Accelerate improvement and innovation in early childhood programs.
  4. Build a high performing early childhood workforce.
  5. Increase investment to provide quality, voluntary early childhood education for all children.

Taken together, these five strategies - when coupled with high-quality K-12 education - will contribute to closing the achievement gap and strengthening student outcomes through college and career.