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Early Learning and Support

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Trends, Research and NCSL Groups

New research, news, resources and NCSL legislative groups will keep you in the know for preschool-third grade topics such as literacy, mathematics, family engagement, dual language learners, school readiness, school discipline and much more.

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Policies in Preschool-3rd Grade

State legislative tracking covers a variety of early learning topics, including early literacy skills, discipline, STEM education, dual-language learners, family engagement, school readiness, governance, teachers and much more.

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EDUCATION

Early Learning and Support

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Preschool-3rd Grade Education

This section contains valuable information such as research, policy options, interactive graphics and resources regarding a variety of preschol-3rd grade topics including literacy, numeracy, STEM and improving K-3 quality. 

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Early Learning Under ESSA

Under ESSA, states have new policy options to close gaps in early reading and math skills that persist among low-income and minority students. Policy options are designed to prevent achievement gaps, which can lead to serious socioeconomic consequences in the states. 

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Family Engagement

The early years of a child's education have been deemed crucial for building family-school connections. Children whose parents and families are engaged in and hold high expectations of their education tend to earn better grades, have higher graduations rates, and are more likely to enroll in postsecondary education.

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English Language Learners

English language learners are an increasingly important group of students. Their growing numbers combined with generally low achievement patterns present numerous challenges yet opportunities for reform. By understanding relevant research, practices and policy options, policymakers can become keenly aware of how to improve academic outcomes for these students.

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