In May 2006, Grantmakers for Education (GFE) convened grantmakers, educators and researchers for a member briefing — Making the Most of Our Investments: How PK-3 Alignment Can Close the Achievement Gap from the Start — to examine the rationale and promising approaches for aligning children’s education experiences from PK through Grade Three.
This report demonstrates the need for aligning education for children from three to eight years, outlines the elements of an aligned PK-3 system and highlights effective grantmaking strategies. It is organized in four sections:
- Understanding the PK-3 Landscape provides a high-level look at what a PK-3 system is, the research case for PK-3 alignment, and the policy landscape that affects implementation of aligned PK-3 systems.
- PK-3 Alignment in Practice describesthe key elements of a quality PK-3 system, discusses the critical issues around establishing and sustaining a PK-3 system, and addresses challenges and opportunities in implementation.
- Grantmaker Engagement highlights grantmaking strategies for PK-3.
- What’s Needed in the Future outlines some of the considerations that briefing participants think grantmakers and the PK-3 movement need to address to achieve success on a larger scale.