10 New Ideas for Early Education in the NCLB Reauthorization
Author: Sara Mead, New America Foundation
Published: November 2007
- Allow Reading First funds to be used for pre-k language and literacy activities.
- Tap supplemental educational services and public school choice set-aside funds for high-quality Prekindergarten.
- Improve accountability for early education programs.
- Restructure elementary schools identified for reconstitution as PreK-3rd Early Education Academies.
- Strengthen the ability of charter schools to deliver high-quality Prekindergarten.
- Combine NCLB's Title V block grant program with Head Start's newly authorized state early childhood coordination initiative to create a single "2020 Early Education" state grant program.
- Require pre-k programs operated in public schools or with Title I funds to employ "highly qualified early educators" as lead teachers.
- Create a "Pathways to Pre-kindergarten Teaching" alternative certification demonstration program.
- Provide targeted professional development to individual teachers.
- Expand the representation of English Language Learners in Prekindergarten programs.