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The scope: U.S. SCHOOLS SERVE MORE YOUNG CHILDREN THAN EVER BEFORE
75,000 elementary school principals oversee pre-K classrooms
1.6 million children in the U.S. attend publicly-funded pre-K programs
Young children projected to attend U.S. public elementary schools in 2021:
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
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
45% of principals report implementing Pre-K programs to be of moderate or high concern
The solution: PROFESSIONAL LEARNING CAN CLOSE THE GAPS
Dozens of model pre-K programs include intensive professional learning.
1,700+ Head Start programs require coaching.
25 states require coaching in public early childhood programs.9
16 states require coaching plus 15 hours of other professional learning
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