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The Road to High-Quality Early Learning: Lessons From the States

Although there is considerable research on the elements of high-quality preschool and its many benefits, particularly for low-income children and English learners, little information is available to policymakers about how to convert their visions of good early education into on-the-ground reality. This study fills that gap by describing and analyzing how four states—Michigan, West Virginia, Washington, and North Carolina—have built high-quality early education systems. Among the common elements of their success are strategies that prioritize quality and continuous improvement, invest in training and coaching for program staff, coordinate the administration of birth-through-grade-3 programs, strategically combine multiple funding sources to increase access and improve quality, and create broad-based coalitions and support.

Keywords
early childhood education, Michigan, West Virginia, Washington, North Carolina
Education level
Document Object Identifier (DOI)
10.26300/yjpg-xg83

EdWorkingPaper suggested citation:

Wechsler, Marjorie, David Kirp, Titilayo Tinubu Ali, Madelyn Gardner, Anna Maier, Hanna Melnick, and Patrick M. Shields. (). The Road to High-Quality Early Learning: Lessons From the States. (EdWorkingPaper: -175). Retrieved from Annenberg Institute at Brown University: https://doi.org/10.26300/yjpg-xg83

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