The Coalition for Community Schools partners with nationally-acclaimed early childhood leaders on several pioneering projects centered around improving the educational experience in the first years of life.
|| Early Childhood Community School Linkages: Advancing a Theory of Change
This new publication highlights the work of the Early Childhood and Community Schools Linkages Project and the lessons learned from the sites (Tulsa, OK; Multnomah County, OR; and, Albuquerque, NM) to advance a Theory of Change for aligning early childhood learning with elementary education. This work is grounded in a coherent rationale and designates a series of indicators that demonstrate system-level, setting- level and individual-level practices to promote smooth transitions to early grades and growth across youth development outcomes for all children.
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Blog: Community Schools Collaboration - A Lifeline for Early Learning Program Success
to review the guest blog written by Janet Brown, Senior Early Childhood Program Specialist and Kwesi Rollins, Director of Leadership Programs at the Institute for Educational Leadership.
Research Brief on the Early Childhood Linkages Project
The research brief
provides a review of the qualitative implementation study designed to yield insight into the practices and conditions that facilitate improved linkages.
Early childhood opportunities are receiving increased attention from researchers, educators, and policymakers. They understand that a high-quality early educational experience can be a difference-maker in a child’s life. Children who start kindergarten ready to learn are better prepared for the challenges and opportunities ahead, and all children should have access to high-quality early childhood opportunities. Many school districts are starting to connect their early childhood education programs to their community school initiatives and vice versa. Places such as Tulsa, Evansville, Portland, Providence, Cincinnati, and Hartford are linking community school partnerships and supports with early childhood programs, at the most important time in a person’s development. They are providing a "linkage" between early childhood and school that ensures a continuity of support across a child’s experience in school. As a result, many community schools are seeing increased attendance, less mobility, and fewer behavioral problems amongst its kindergarteners. Children are coming to school ready to learn. Community schools are providing blueprints for sustainable and replicable 0-8 early childhood education systems.
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