Early Childhood Education
Increasing access is critical
Access to high quality early childhood education is essential for children to be ready for kindergarten and proficient in reading and math by grade 3. A comprehensive birth to grade 3 approach is especially important to help vulnerable children and families overcome the barriers related to poverty and limited English. The Superintendents’ Plan improves teacher effectiveness with consistent professional development. Best practice teaching strategies, individualized teacher coaching and evaluator guidance sustain impact across the Learning Community.
Innovation starts with families
The research is clear — family engagement is a difference maker in a child’s success from early childhood through postsecondary experiences. In Omaha’s highest poverty neighborhoods, a two-generation approach connects intensive early childhood education and family engagement programs. 2-Gen parent education programs work with children and families together. Professional development extends to community childcare provider training and future teacher training to better prepare early childhood college students.
Creating New Pathways
Preparation for college and career is PK–16. The CAP calls for better student support with curriculum aligned for a range of student postsecondary choices. Growing partnerships and transition counseling help students explore their possible pathways. Initial postsecondary actions include: pre-apprenticeships and internships; Advanced Placement and dual credit programs; increased FAFSA completions and career readiness improvements.
Connecting our Community Resources
The CAP connects home, school and community to enhance student learning and exploration. Business, higher education and local non-profit organizations all play a role in closing the achievement gap. With more resources, early learning is more successful and post secondary experiences become more relevant and accessible.
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Browse through helpful early childhood research for a better understanding of why it matter so much for children in poverty. MORE
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