NC ESSA Draft Plan Includes Birth-to-Eight Strategies
The North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation partnered with the Office of Early Learning (OEL) at the Department of Public Instruction to convene a group of state leaders to develop the birth-to-eight strategies that are included in NC’s draft ESSA plan. The Department of Public Instruction is currently holding public comment sessions on the draft.
- Advance the North Carolina General Assembly’s mandate to develop a comprehensive approach to early childhood education birth through third grade. (See 2016 Special Provisions.)
- Invest in policies that have widespread, bipartisan public support. (See 2016 Bipartisan Poll.)
- Promote evidence-based approaches that support children to read at grade-level by the end of third grade. (See Pathways research base.)
- Develop a birth-to-eight professional development system that ensures teachers and administrators have the skills and knowledge to support young children’s learning
- Ensure that children learn in environments and through practices that are developmentally appropriate and support their success
- Implement accountability measures that reflect the importance of children’s early years.
- Support smooth transitions for children as they begin school and through the early grades.
Actions to Take
- Share the recommendations with policymakers – members of the State Board of Education, the Department of Public Instruction, the State Superintendent, members of the House and Senate Education Committees and the Governor’s Office.
- Share the recommendations with your network and ask them to also share with policymakers.
- Attend a public comment session. Dates and locations are available here.
- What Early Learning in ESSA Can Look Like for States and Districts (First Five Years Fund)
- ESSA and Early Childhood Education: Opportunities for State Leadership (Council of Chief State School Officers)
- Webinar: Every Student Succeeds Act New Opportunities for Birth through Third Grade Alignment and Funding in ESSA
- Webinar: Early Learning and NC’s State Plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act ESSA