Last week, coinciding with the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s annual Week of the Young Child, ConnCAN released Lessons From the Field: Profiles of Quality Early Childhood Education Programs and Implications for Connecticut. Building on its 2015 report that dug deep into understanding Connecticut’s early childhood education system, this recent report looks to exemplars in other states in an effort to identify some of the ways Connecticut can bring a high-quality early learning experience to all its kids, particularly those in traditionally underserved communities.
This report profiles five early childhood providers operating in states around the country that have demonstrated impact—backed by evaluative research—in preparing young learners to enter the K-12 system ready to succeed. In highlighting the work of these high-quality providers, the ConnCAN team hopes to empower practitioners, policy-makers, and families with information that will help them demand, develop, and support more effective programs in Connecticut. Lessons from the Field offers areas for improvement in the state, as well as specific short- and long-term recommendations to make Connecticut’s early childhood system among the best in the country.
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