The PreK-3rd Grade National Work Group

The PreK-3rd Grade National Work Group seeks to promote high-quality learning experiences for children from prekindergarten through third grade.

We are committed to building knowledge and understanding of effective PreK-3rd policy and practice, with an emphasis on instruction and engagement in learning. This requires creating an aligned and high-quality system of early learning across early childhood and elementary education, which is critical to establishing a strong foundation for life-long learning. While our primary focus is on education and learning from ages 3 to 8, we recognize that children need high quality opportunities to learn beginning at birth and continuing through post-secondary education.

Upcoming Webinar: From 3:00PM to 4:30PM on November 12, 2014, the Work Group will host a webinar entitled Racial Equity at the District and Classroom Level. The webinar will explore how local school districts are partnering with local agencies and are committing to closing the opportunity/achievement gap early on by advancing racial equity in local early learning systems. 

Previous Content: In 2012 and early 2013, the Work Group hosted a free eight-part webinar series entitled Reducing the Achievement Gap by 4th Grade: The PreK-3rd Approach in Action. The last of these webinars, Scale and Sustainability: Implications for State and District Policy, was held on January 30, 2013.  For more information on the previous webinars, including presentation slides and video, see our events page. 

In June 2013, we published a four-page highlights document (see image to the left) that explains the series in greater detail. To download the PDF, click here