First Steps towards PreK-3rd in California
A report from the New America Foundation shows how key state officials, early childhood advocates, and education reformers have taken critical first steps towards a seamless PreK-3rd primary education system in California. Written by education reporter Linda Jacobsen, On the Cusp in California: How PreK-3rd Strategies Could Improve Education in the Golden State will assist policymakers and advocates to focus on aligning high-quality PreK and full-day Kindergarten with high-quality, early elementary learning experiences through 3rd Grade.
San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD)
- Supporting the development and implementation of the district’s PreK-3rd plan which connects PreKs and elementary schools to provide a continuum of high-quality curriculum and instruction.
- Working with Stanford University's Center for Education Policy Analysis to implement common assessments to measure student progress from PreK-3rd Grade.
- Working with the San Francisco School Alliance to align initiatives, redesign school structures and change work cultures within the district.
For more information read the SFUSD PreK-3rd Fact Sheet.
San Mateo County
The goal of Bridges to Success (BTS) is for all children in San Mateo County to receive aligned, high-quality early learning experiences from PreK-3rd grade that will enable them to be proficient in reading and math at the end of Third Grade, and to develop the social, emotional and intellectual skills that will support their future success in school and in life.
- Ready Schools: Teams of school district leaders and early childhood educators in eight communities working collaboratively towards PreK-3rd alignment.
- Ready Children: A summer transitional PreK program for children and families who have not had a high-quality PreK experience.
- Ready Communities: Development of a School Readiness Specialization within the Child Development Department at the San Mateo Community College District; Kindergarten Readiness Assessment and Longitudinal Assessment; and Special Needs Advisory Committee.