Publications & Resources

These key resources aim to inform policymakers, educators, researchers, and others about PreK-3rd issues. For more in-depth resources, visit FCD's Resource Library, which houses all materials relating to FCD's PreK-3rd program.


The Case for PreK-3rd

Double Jeopardy: How Third Grade Reading Skills and Poverty Influence High School Graduation. Hernandez, D. Annie E. Casey Foundation (2011)

A Next Social Contract for the Primary Years of Education. Guernsey, L., Mead, S. New America Foundation (2010)

PreK-3rd: Putting Full-Day Kindergarten in the Middle. Kauerz, K. (2010)

PreKindergarten - 3rd Grade: A New Beginning for American Education (Eight-minute video). New School Foundation & Foundation for Child Development (2010)

Fighting Fade-Out Through PreK-3rd Reform (Seven-minute video). New America Foundation (2009)

The Case for Investing in PreK-3rd Education: Challenging Myths about School Reform. Shore, R. (2009)

America's Vanishing Potential: The Case for PreK-3rd Education. Foundation for Child Development (2008)

PK Inclusion: Getting Serious About a P-16 Education System (Phi Delta Kappan). Takanishi, R., Kauerz, K. (2008)

Building Blocks: Making Children Successful in the Early Years of School. Maeroff, G. Palgrave Macmillan (2006)

Closing the Achievement Gap Through Expanded Access to Quality Early Education in Grades PreK-3rd King, J. New America Foundation (2006)

Building a 21st Century Economy: The Case for Investing in Early Education Reform Waters Boots, S. New America Foundation (2005)

Financing PreK-3rd

PreK-3rd: What is the Price Tag? Shore. R. (2009)

An Evidence-Based Approach to Estimating the National and State Costs of PreK-3rd. Picus, L., Odden, A., Goetz, M. (2009)

Implementing PreK-3rd

Building and Supporting an Aligned System: A Vision for Transforming Education Across the Pre-K-Grade Three Years. The NAESP Foundation Task Force On Early Learning (2011)

The Power of PreK-3rd: How a Small Foundation Helped Push Washington State to the Forefront the PreK-3rd Movement. Nyhan, P. (2011)

Lessons for PreK-3rd from Montgomery County Public Schools. Marietta, G. (2010)

Making a Difference: 10 Essential Steps to Building a PreK-3 System. Sullivan-Dudzic, L., Gearns, D., Leavell, K. (2010)

Working Together to Build a Birth-to-College Approach to Public Education: Forming a Partnership Between the University of Chicago Urban Education Institute and the Ounce of Prevention Fund. The University of Chicago Urban Education Institute & The Ounce of Prevention Fund (2010)

Building a Science of Classrooms: Application of the CLASS Framework in Over 4,000 U.S. Early Childhood and Elementary Classrooms Hamre, B., Pianta, R., Mashburn, A., Downer; J. SRCD Biennial Meeting Paper (2007)

Continuing the Investment: Top Notch Early Education Must Extend to Third Grade - and Beyond Mead, S. The American Prospect (2007)

Teacher Preparation/Professional Development

Building Early Learning Leaders: New Jersey's PreK-3rd Leadership Training. Rice, C. Advocates for Children of New Jersey, Costanza, V. New Jersey Department of Education (2011)

PreK-3rd: Teacher Quality Matters. Shore, R. (2010)

Teacher Education and PK Outcomes: Are We Asking the Right Questions? Foundation for Child Development, Early Childhood Research Quarterly (2007)

Teacher Quality in Grades PreK-3rd: Challenges and Options King, J., Luebchow, L. New America Foundation (2006)

Leadership by Educators

PreK-3rd:Principals as Crucial Instructional Leaders. Mead, S. (2011)

PreK-3rd: How Superintendents Lead Change. Marietta, G. (2010)

PreK-Third Grade: A Paradigm Shift. Takanishi, R., Children of 2020: Creating a Better Tomorrow (2010)

Principals Lead the Way for PK-3: Early Investment, Strong Alignment, Better Results. National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) (2006)

Federal Policy

The Early Ed Watch Blog. New America Foundation (ongoing)

10 New Ideas for Early Education in the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Reauthorization Mead, S. New America Foundation (2007)

The Key to No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Success: Getting It Right from the Start New America Foundation (2007)

Title I and Early Childhood Programs: A Look at Investments in the NCLB Era. Ewen, D., Matthews, H., Center for Law and Social Policy (2007)

State Policy

State Policy Briefs. Association for Children of New Jersey (ACNJ)

Starting Strong in Washington State: Early Learning Lessons and Success Stories. Superintendent of Public Instruction (2010)

Education Reform Starts Early: Lessons from New Jersey's PreK-3rd Reform. Mead, S. (2009)

On the Cusp in California: How PreK-3rd Strategies Could Improve Education in the Golden State. Jacobsen, L. (2009)

Promoting a Pre-K to Three Vision for Early Learning. National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) (2008)

Classroom Quality and Time Allocation in Tulsa's Early Childhood Programs Phillips, D., Gormley, W., and Lowenstein, A. SRCD Biennial Meeting Paper (2007)

School District Policy

Making the Connections: Building an Early Learning System Beyond the Schoolhouse Walls. Rice, C., Association for Children of New Jersey (ACNJ) (2011)

Seizing the Opportunity: Building PK3 Systems in New Jersey's School Districts. Rice, C., Association for Children of New Jersey (ACNJ) (2008)

Embracing the Big Picture: The State of New Jersey's Road Toward a PK3 Continuum. Rice, C., Association for Children of New Jersey (ACNJ) (2007)

Hispanics/Latinos and ELLs

Effectively Educating PreK-3rd English Language Learners (ELLs) in Montgomery County Public Schools. Marietta, G., Brookover, E., (2011)

PreK-3rd: Raising the Educational Performance of English Language Learners (ELLs). Russakoff, D., (2011)

Education and Achievement: A Focus on Latino "Immigrant" Children. Garcia, E., (2010)

Challenging Common Myths About Young English Language Learners. Espinosa, L. (2008)

Latino Legislative Hearing on Pre-K and the Early Grades. National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund (2008)

Para Nuestros Ninos: Expanding and Improving Early Education for Hispanics. The National Task Force on Early Childhood Education for Hispanics (2007)

Research Basis for PreK-3rd

Latest findings from Chicago Longitudinal Study. Reynolds, A., Science (2011)

Effective Educational Programs for Young Children: What We Need to Know Takanishi, R., Bogard, K. Child Development Perspectives, inaugural issue (2007)

Effects of a Preschool and School-Age Intervention on Adult Health and Well Being: Evidence from the Chicago Longitudinal Study Reynolds, A., Temple,J., Ou, S., Robertson, D., Mersky, J., Topitzes, J., and Niles, M. SRCD Biennial Meeting Paper (2007)

School Readiness and the Transition to Kindergarten in the Era of Accountability. Pianta, R., Cox, M., Snow, K. Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co. (2007)

PK-3 Education: Programs and Practices that Work in Children's First Decade. Reynolds, A., Magnuson, K., Ou, S. Foundation for Child Development (2006)

PK-3: An Aligned and Coordinated Approach to Education for Children 3 to 8 Years Old. Takanishi, R., Bogard, K. SRCD Social Policy Report (2005)

PreK-3rd Curriculum and Assessment

Getting on Track Early for School Success: The STEP Assessment System to Support Effective Instruction (PreK-3rd). Urban Education Institute/University of Chicago (2011)

Tackling PK-3 Assessment & Accountability Challenges: Guidance from the National Early Childhood Accountability Task Force. Schultz, Tom The State Education Standard (2008)

Taking Stock: Assessing and Improving Early Childhood Learning and Program Quality. National Early Childhood Accountability Task Force (2007)

Ladders of Learning: Fighting Fade-Out by Advancing PreK-3rd Alignment. Kauerz, K. New America Foundation (2006)

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