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Positive Change in Early Learning

High-quality early learning has a positive impact on a child's entire education career.  These resources share strategies on how to engage families, to foster supportive state policies, and use assessment to improve early childhood education.  See all resources about early learning by clicking here

Nurturing High-Quality Early Learning and Leadership Across the Pre-K-3 Continuum Institute
Resource Type: Policy/Policy brief
2018 PDF (pdf)
This brief summarizes an online survey of state education agency (SEA) personnel who attended a conference on evidence-based practices and resources on early childhood education. The participants report their experiences in sessions covering ongoing early childhood efforts in different states, strategies for improving early childhood supports for Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) implementation planning, and the pre-K to grade 3 literacy continuum.
State Approaches to Family Engagement in Pre-K Programs
Resource Type: Practice guide
2016 PDF (pdf)
CEELO engaged in with two states as they developed guidance on family engagement
Tool to Guide Decisions Regarding Kindergarten Entry Assessment Selection and Implementation
Resource Type: Tools/Toolkit
The Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO) developed the Kindergarten Entry Assessment Tool to assist state stakeholders with the process of selecting and implementing the most appropriate Kindergarten Entry Assessment based on a consensus process of engaging key stakeholders. 
Incorporating Early Learning Strategies in the School Improvement Grants (SIG) Program: How Three Schools Integrated Early Childhood Strategies Into School Turnaround Efforts to Improve Instruction for All Students
Resource Type: Practice guide
2015 PDF (pdf)
Research indicates that the impact of high-quality pre-kindergarten (PK) on children ‘s development is sustained when children experience a high-quality, aligned early elementary experience.  This practice guide is designed to increase the awareness and understanding of how to effectively embed PreK–grade 3 strategies in school turnaround efforts within the School Improvement Grant (SIG) program.
Supporting Early Learning and Beyond Through Trauma-Informed Practice
Type: Project
State(s): District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania
SEA teams are deepening understanding of how stress and trauma affect students’ early learning, ongoing development, and continued learning and progress in school and learn how to support educators in responding to students’ needs.
Building a Rigorous Early Learning Trajectory for College- and Career-Readiness
Type: Project
State(s): West Virginia
The ARCC is assisting the West Virginia Department of Education to strengthen its capacity to implement, monitor, and refine the state’s comprehensive early learning approach.