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Governor’s Role in Aligning Early Education and K–12 Reforms: Challenges, Opportunities and Benefits for Children


October 2012

As policymakers who have the responsibility for the well-being and education of children of all ages, governors are uniquely situated to bring state agencies together and develop a coordinated strategy to align ECE and K–12 policies so they better serve all children, starting at birth.

Doing so requires leaders from both systems to analyze what their respective goals, approaches and reform strategies have in common and how they differ.

This process can help governors, their staff, and other state policy leaders develop concrete action steps that promote greater alignment of ECE and K–12 reforms in key areas.