Effective Systems

Taking Steps Toward PK-3 Success


Taking Steps Toward PK-3 Success, examines state policies and practices that affect PreK-3rd teachers’ working conditions. The brief is designed to support efforts to change or implement policies that will improve the teaching and learning environments at the PK-3 levels.

Taking Steps Toward PK-3 Success offers National Education Association (NEA) affiliates specific advice on state and district policies addressing class size, supporting full-day Prekindergarten and Kindergarten programs, promoting high quality teachers, targeting professional development to improve PreK-3rd practice, clarifying the role of para-educators (especially in support of bilingual and bicultural children), and providing for adequate planning time for teachers within grades and between grades to develop integrated and coherent programs and practices throughout the age span (alignment).