Moving Young Learners Forward

Last month, Conor Williams and I wrote a series of posts on how young learners, PreK-3rd grade, could be better supported in a newly reauthorized Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as No Child Left Behind.

An ESEA reauthorization is eight years overdue. No Child Left Behind waivers are the temporary law of the land, and Congress is attempting to find common ground in a mostly partisan process.

Over the past several years, interest in pre-K and other early learning programs has been growing. More and more states, both red and blue, have developed pre-K programs and some states and local communities are thinking about how to better connect and coordinate children’s pre-K experiences and learning with what happens in kindergarten and the early grades.

We believe ESEA could be a vehicle for achieving these goals. In a new brief (that brings these posts together), “Moving Young Learners Forward: How to Fix No Child Left Behind,” I discuss ideas proposed for incorporating a more robust focus on PreK-3rd grades in a reauthorized law and Conor Williams shares his ideas for how to improve the federal government’s education policies for dual language learners.

[Cross-posted at Ed Central]

Laura Bornfreund

Laura Bornfreund is deputy director for New America's Early Education Initiative. Before joining New America, Ms. Bornfreund consulted for a number of education policy organizations including the Forum for Education & Democracy, Institute for Educational Leadership, and Common Core. She began her career as a 4th grade teacher. Ms. Bornfreund holds a master's degree in public administration from the University of Central Florida.