- Have states review and revise their K–3 standards as needed to ensure they cover all the areas of development and learning, including social and emotional development, and approaches to learning as recommended by the National Research Council;
- Promote joint professional development between schools and community-based early childhood education programs; allow Title II funds to be used for scholarships tied to compensation rewards for teachers who earn an Associate or Baccalaureate degree in early childhood;
- Provide professional development for elementary school principals in child development and learning, developmentally appropriate teaching practices and collaborations with community early childhood settings;
- Require states to create teaching certificates that reflect the specialized knowledge and skills of teaching young children for those teaching in the early grades and younger;
- Prevent inappropriate high-stakes use of child assessment for grades 2 and below;
- Help elementary schools evaluate their readiness to support all children’s learning success in the early grades; and
- Strengthen collaborations between community-based early childhood programs and schools for more effective and supportive transitions for young children.
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