What’s Your Role?
All levels of the education system (federal, state, school district), of the government (federal, state, local) and families and communities have important roles in implementing PreK-3rd.
- School districts can align standards, curriculum, instruction, and assessment from PreKindergarten to Third Grade to emphasize the development of social competence as well as mastering subject matter.
- Principals can support teams of teachers with planning time and resources to implement aligned learning experiences both across and within grades.
- Teachers should be deeply knowledgeable about both subject matter and children's development from the PreK through Third Grade years.
- Teacher education programs can prepare teachers to educate diverse students from PreK to at least Third Grade emphasizing knowledge of child development and how children learn as well as subject matter.
- State governments can create PreK-16/20 Councils to provide a supportive infrastructure for school districts to implement PreK-3rd.
- The federal government can recognize PreK-3rd as the starting point for education reform, and establish incentives for states and districts to implement a PreK-3rd approach in all national education legislation.
- Families and communities can be held accountable for monitoring their children's learning and supporting it at home.