Effective Systems

What Is FirstSchool?


Issues in PreK-3rd Education; Number One

FirstSchool is part of a national PreK-3rd movement of schools, districts, educators and universities seeking to improve how children from ages 3 to 8 learn and develop in schools.  While these different projects use a variety of names, all are working to connect high-quality PreK programs with high-quality elementary schools. 

FirstSchool is a Prekindergarten through Third Grade initiative led by FPG and the School of Education at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. It is a system-based change process-meaning the FirstSchool team works with schools, districts, communities, states, and institutions of higher education to move toward an integrated approach for children ages 3 to 8 that unites the best of early childhood, elementary and special education.