An Early Learning Nation represents widespread commitment to making early learning a priority. It is a community-centered culture shift that puts children zero to five first. A community where everyone from the bus driver to the business owner to the local leaders to friends and neighbors consider what they can bring to the table. Everyone has assets to bring.
HOW DOES IT START?
Each of us – parents, caregivers, teachers, elected officials, faith leaders, business owners – has what we need today to make this a reality. Local communities are the key. It starts with one neighborhood, one town, one city at a time – building towards an Early Learning Nation by creating a nation of Early Learning Communities.
WHAT WOULD SUCCESS LOOK LIKE BY 2025?
- Healthy pregnancies and births
- Children thriving at three
- Children eager, engaged and ready for learning at five
- Children successful in school and well-rounded at eight
WHAT IS THE RESEARCH BEHIND THIS EFFORT?
The Early Childhood – LINC – a Learning and Innovation Network for Communities – provided many of the examples highlighted on the steps. Co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Social Policy and the Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County, Early Childhood-LINC is an alliance of communities around the country that work together to improve results for families with young children, by:
- Developing effective, local early childhood systems and testing new strategies,
- Sharing information about best practices, and
- Convening city, state and federal leaders to accelerate policy changes that support local efforts.
The Center for the Study of Social Policy provided the Pathways results framework, which informed the creation of this site.