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Webinar: Supporting Local Education Agencies in Including Early Learning in ESSA Plan

June 25, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Local Education Agencies (LEAs) will be submitting in August their district plans for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). ESSA bolsters federal support for early learning and provides an opportunity to strengthen the birth-through-third grade continuum – a critical strategy to improve third grade reading proficiency. The North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation has been partnering with the Office of Early Learning and the NC Head Start Collaborative Office at the Department of Public Instruction to support LEAs and early childhood community leaders in collaborating to develop the early learning components of the LEA’s ESSA district plans.

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This webinar will:

  • Recap briefly the early learning opportunities in ESSA
  • Share questions to prompt conversation with LEAs
  • Outline the timeline for district plan ESSA submission
  • Describe the process districts use to submit plans
  • Provide examples of specific early learning strategies and language for LEAs to consider
  • Discuss action steps early learning leaders can take to engage LEAs as partners

Presenters include:

  • Danielle Ewen, Senior Policy Advisor, Education Counsel
  • Carla Garrett, Title I Preschool Consultant, Office of Early Learning, NC Department of Public Instruction
  • Karen McKnight, Head Start Collaborative State Office Director, Office of Early Learning, NC Department of Public Instruction
  • Tracy Zimmerman, Executive Director, NC Early Childhood Foundation


June 25, 2018
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Event Category:


Every Student Succeeds Act