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Whole Child Policy Advisory Group Resources

Whole child education refers to a comprehensive approach taken to prioritize the overall well-being and development of students, going beyond academic achievement alone. These policies aim to acknowledge the diverse needs of students and prioritize the importance of addressing their physical, mental and emotional health, as well as fostering social and emotional learning.

A Legislator’s Guide to the Learning Policy Institute’s Whole Child Toolkit

The Learning Policy Institute (LPI) designed the Whole Child Policy Toolkit to provide state policymakers and education leaders with strategies, tools and resources related to whole child policy. The toolkit is regularly updated and comes out of work from the Whole Child Policy Table, whose members include state-facing membership organizations, researchers and policy groups that work on whole child education issues.

Supporting Student Success Through Afterschool Programs

Before- and after-school programs occur before the school day begins and from 3-6 p.m. on weekday afternoons. They can offer a range of diverse programming including academic support, homework help, mentoring, field trips, physical education and arts and cultural enrichment.

Summer Learning Programs

There is an important distinction between remedial summer school and enrichment programs. Traditionally, summer school was seen as a way for students to catch up on failed classes through intensive instruction.

Some Holidays Make Shopping a Little Less Taxing

Policy experts on both ends of the political spectrum tend to agree that sales tax holidays are not the best way to offer impactful tax relief, but consumers like them. This year, 19 states will offer tax holidays on school-related items.

State Legislatures News

Early Childhood Workforce Toolkit

Early childhood educators are essential to supporting school readiness in early learners and ensuring parents can work. This critical workforce, however, faces persistent challenges including extremely low pay and high turnover which further threaten families' already scarce access to child care and early learning opportunities. This page summarizes resources and state policies to strengthen the early childhood workforce.

Plagued by Teacher Shortages, Some States Turn to Fast-Track Credentialing

Virginia is just the latest state to turn to for-profit teacher certification companies in an urgent effort to recruit and train more teachers. The states hope the new paths to certification will help ease the shortages, but critics argue those who take the programs are not as well trained as traditionally credentialed teachers and will do a disservice to young students.

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