Leading for Early Success: Building School Principals’ Capacity to Lead High-Quality Early Education


Decades of research find that effective school leadership and access to high-quality early education are two of the most important determinants of educational outcomes. School principals affect both teacher and student performance and play an important role in turning around troubled schools. High-quality education, from prekindergarten (pre-K) through third grade builds foundational knowledge and skills that prepare students for long-term success.

Source: National Governors Association

Available at: http://www.nga.org/files/live/sites/NGA/files/pdf/2013/1306LeadingForEarlySuccessPaper.pdf

Early Learning in Your State


Every parent wants their child to have opportunities for lifelong success – and that starts with getting kids off to a strong start. All of our nation’s students deserve a chance to compete on a level playing field, but too many children – especially those from disadvantaged communities – start kindergarten already behind.

We know expanding high-quality early learning opportunities is simply one of the best investments we can make as a country, and President Obama has proposed to dramatically increase access to high-quality preschool and expand early learning and support services for infants, toddlers and families.

Today, the White House released state-by-state fact sheets, outlining what states could expect to receive in federal funding to expand these early learning initiatives in their states.

Source: Office of Early Learning, US Department of Education

Available at: http://content.govdelivery.com/bulletins/gd/USED-7deb34

Opening Remarks of U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan at the Panel “The Obama Preschool Initiative” | U.S. Department of Education

May 29, 2013

My thanks to Ron Haskins, and the Brookings Institution, for hosting this discussion about President Obama’s landmark proposal for high-quality preschool.

And I’m happy to see Congresswoman Nancy Johnson, who’s been a longtime champion for children and a great thought-partner on the President’s proposal.

As you know, the President has proposed a groundbreaking plan for supporting and preparing our nation’s children from birth to age 5 in a seamless continuum.

For children ages zero to three, the President’s proposal includes a new Early Head Start-Child Care partnership at the Department of Health and Human Services to improve quality, and it expands the Administration’s home visiting initiative. Home visiting is showing great results.

As anyone who’s ever had to care for a new baby knows, you need all the help and advice you can get. And that is often especially the case for struggling single parents, first-time parents, and teen parents.

For four-year-olds, the President’s proposal would create a new federal-state partnership to enable states to provide voluntary, universal, high-quality preschool for children from low- and moderate-income families.

These are critical, long-term investments in early learning that our country needs. They are the best, most effective tool we have to close achievement and opportunity gaps.

Source: U.S. Department of Education

Available at: http://www.ed.gov/news/speeches/opening-remarks-us-secretary-education-arne-duncan-panel-obama-preschool-initiative

U.S. Department of Education Launches New Early Learning Map on DATA.ED.GOV


The U.S. Department of Education (ED) has launched a new early learning mapping site on http://data.ed.gov so the interested individuals can use tools to look at discretionary ED grant programs that focus on or include early learning.

Data.ed.gov is a website developed by the Department of Education to share data about its grant programs and is part of the Obama Administration’s Open Government Initiative. ED will use data.ed.gov to publish data sets about its grant programs and performance and other data that it collects on an ongoing basis.

Data.ed.gov builds on the approach of data.gov by including tools that allow users to visualize the data. Users can enter terms into the “Search” field to find applications that match the specified terms, select filters to narrow the list of applicants to a specific group of interest, and zoom in on different areas of the map. By clicking on the dots on the map, users can see which programs are located in a state, city or other geographic area.

Please visit http://data.ed.gov to learn more.

Source: U.S. Department of Education