ERIC Number: ED499219
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Building Strong Rungs to Build Sturdy Ladders: The Status of Preschool-3rd Grade Systems in New Jersey. ACNJ Policy Brief
Association for Children of New Jersey
This policy brief shows that, while New Jersey has made a substantial investment in state-supported preschool programs, the link between preschool and elementary education needs to be strengthened. By adopting a broader view of early learning that aligns quality preschool with the early elementary years, policy leaders will reap a better return on their preschool investment, and such alignment will have a long-lasting benefit for the children who participate. This policy brief analyzes the status of P-3 systems in New Jersey's school districts that receive state funding for preschool. It finds that while most school districts have taken first steps in identifying the importance of developing a P-3 approach, much work still needs to be done, such as envisioning "transition" or "alignment" as a system that encompasses all aspects of early childhood education--from preschool through 3rd grade, rather than separate district programs. The brief makes seven recommendations for reform at the state, district, and school levels. (Contains 13 footnotes.)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education, School Districts, Educational Change, Grade 3, State Aid, Outcomes of Education, Transitional Programs, School Readiness, Change Strategies, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Educational Policy, Academic Standards, Cooperative Planning, Administrator Role, Teacher Role, Principals
Association for Children of New Jersey. 35 Halsey Street, Newark, NJ 07102. Tel: 973-643-3876; Fax: 973-643-9153; Web site: http://www.acnj.org
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education
Sponsor: Foundation for Child Development, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Association for Children of New Jersey, Newark.
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey