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ERIC Number: ED574786
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2016-May
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Opportunities to Align California's PreK-3 Education System
Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE
"PreK-3 Alignment in California's Education System: Obstacles and Opportunities" by Rachel Valentino and Deborah J. Stipek reviews the opportunities and challenges that must be addressed to better align PreK-3 education in California. The report describes policies and practices that districts have implemented to strengthen alignment, and identifies the main barriers that districts and schools encounter when attempting to align preschool and the elementary grades. The report is based on interviews with individuals who play key roles in early childhood education (ECE) in California, including foundation representatives and state-, county-, and district-level personnel. Participants defined PreK-3 alignment as a "continuum" with "shared goals and expectations" across grades. This brief summarizes the study in the full report, and discusses the following: (1) best practices across districts; (2) state and district policy implications; and (3) implications for teacher preparation. [For the full report, "PreK-3 Alignment in California's Education System: Obstacles and Opportunities," see ED574785.]
Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE. 3653 Tolman Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720-1670. Tel: 510-642-7223; Fax: 510-642-9148; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education; Primary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Kindergarten
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund
Authoring Institution: Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE)
Identifiers - Location: California; California (Fresno); California (Long Beach)