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By Learning Forward
April 2021

Elementary school leaders need professional learning to support young learners, infographic shows. #LearnFwdTLP Click To Tweet

The scope: U.S. SCHOOLS SERVE MORE YOUNG CHILDREN THAN EVER BEFORE

75,000 elementary school principals oversee pre-K classrooms[1]

1.6 million children in the U.S. attend publicly-funded pre-K programs[2]

Young children projected to attend U.S. public elementary schools in 2021[3]:

1.18 in pre-K

3.71 in K

10.94 in 1st-3rd grade

The need: MANY ELEMENTARY PRINCIPALS DO NOT HAVE BACKGROUND IN EARLY CHILDHOOD

Many elementary principals do not have background in early childhood[4]

76% do not have early childhood certification

40% have no teacher or principal preparation in early childhood

42% have not participated in district professional learning on early childhood

20% of early-career principals do not feel well-versed in early childhood[5]

45% of principals report implementing Pre-K programs to be of moderate or high concern[6]

The solution: PROFESSIONAL LEARNING CAN CLOSE THE GAPS

Dozens of model pre-K programs include intensive professional learning.[7]

1,700+ Head Start programs require coaching.[8]

25 states require coaching in public early childhood programs.9

16 states require coaching plus 15 hours of other professional learning[9]

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[1] mccormick-assets.floodlight.design/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/2018-LEAD-Clearinghouse-webbook_04.pdf

[2] nieer.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/YB2019_Full_Report.pdf

[3] nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/d19/tables/dt19_203.10.asp

[4] digitalcommons.nl.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1000&context=mccormickcenter-pubs

[5] www.newamerica.org/education-policy/edcentral/elem-principals-prek/

[6] www.naesp.org/sites/default/files/NAESP%2010-YEAR%20REPORT_2018.pdf

[7] learningpolicyinstitute.org/product/building-blocks-high-quality-early-childhood-education-programs

[8] eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/policy/45-cfr-chap-xiii/1302-92-training-professional-development

[9] nieer.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/YB2019_Full_Report.pdf


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