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FirstSchool: Uniting the Best of Early Childhood, Elementary and Special Education


April 2013

FirstSchool is a PreK-3rd grade initiative to promote public school efforts to become more responsive to the needs of an increasingly younger, more diverse population of children entering school.

The FirstSchool framework for school improvement addresses schools’ ongoing struggles to produce equitable outcomes for African American, Latino and low-income students, the increased presence of pre-kindergartens within public schools, and the challenge of sustaining high instructional quality in every early childhood and elementary classroom.

The resources at this website could be used to support efforts in the areas of culturally and linguistically responsive services, alignment, professional development, and efforts to link assessment with effective curriculum planning and implementation.