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Early Childhood Education (ECE)
NCLB Reauthorization

To better inform the national debate on No Child Left Behind (NCLB) reauthorization, ECS collected and synthesized recommendations by national organizations to improve the federal law.

ECS' database is organized around 16 issue areas that captured most recommendations. Some organizations did not offer recommendations for all issues, at least according to our analysis. And several recommendations appear more than once since they applied to multiple issue areas.

The summary and full text of all organizations' original recommendations for Early Childhood Education (ECE) are listed in this report. Please see the main page for additional reports and sources for the database.

Highlights 
(See Abbreviation Key at end of table)

Organizations that addressed this issue4 of 15 
AFT; Comm. NCLB; NAESP; and NEA

Organizations that did not address this issue11 of 15
AASA; BCSA; CCSSO; ECS; Ed Trust; FEA; NASSP; NASBE; NCSL; NGA; and NSBA

Comments
Early childhood education did not play a prominent role in the initial NCLB, with the exception of Early Reading First. And only a few organizations mentioned early learning issues in their recommendations, which focused primarily on access to high-quality pre-kindergarten programs. This lack of attention, however, does not reflect the growing number of state efforts to ensure young children receive more comprehensive and higher quality services.



Visit ECS' Database on NCLB Reauthorization main page for more information, explanations and access to organizations' original reports. Please note that ECS plans to expand the database as more information becomes available.

Database Last Updated: July 2007

This database was created and compiled by Mary Fulton, ECS policy analyst.
For questions and comments: 303.299.3679 or mfulton@ecs.org
NCLB Reauthorization : American Association of School Administrators (AASA)
Capacity Building, Innovation and Research & Development (CIRD)
Early Childhood Education (ECE)
ECE 1 - Summary of Recommendation No recommendations identified for this issue.
Parent and Community Involvement (CPI)

NCLB Reauthorization : American Federation of Teachers (AFT)
Capacity Building, Innovation and Research & Development (CIRD)
Early Childhood Education (ECE)
ECE 1 - Summary of Recommendation Provide universal, high-quality early learning programs to all children.
ECE 1 - Full Recommendation Provide universal, high-quality early childhood programs to all children so they come to school better prepared to learn, with priority consideration given to disadvantaged children.
Parent and Community Involvement (CPI)

NCLB Reauthorization : Business Coalition for Student Achievement (BCSA)
Capacity Building, Innovation and Research & Development (CIRD)
Early Childhood Education (ECE)
ECE 1 - Summary of Recommendation No recommendations identified for this issue.
Parent and Community Involvement (CPI)

NCLB Reauthorization : Commission on No Child Left Behind (Comm. NCLB)
Capacity Building, Innovation and Research & Development (CIRD)
Early Childhood Education (ECE)
ECE 1 - Summary of Recommendation Authorize districts to administer screening assessments to preschool and kindergarten students to identify learning needs.
ECE 1 - Full Recommendation Strengthen the preparation of preschool and kindergarten students by authorizing districts to administer screening assessments to students in preschool (where applicable) and kindergarten. These assessments would identify the learning needs of the students and help teachers and schools make adjustments in instruction, and would not be used for accountability purposes.
Parent and Community Involvement (CPI)

NCLB Reauthorization : Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO)
Capacity Building, Innovation and Research & Development (CIRD)
Early Childhood Education (ECE)
ECE 1 - Summary of Recommendation No recommendations identified for this issue.
Parent and Community Involvement (CPI)

NCLB Reauthorization : Education Commission of the States (ECS)
Capacity Building, Innovation and Research & Development (CIRD)
Early Childhood Education (ECE)
ECE 1 - Summary of Recommendation No recommendations identified for this issue.
Parent and Community Involvement (CPI)

NCLB Reauthorization : Education Trust (Ed Trust)
Capacity Building, Innovation and Research & Development (CIRD)
Early Childhood Education (ECE)
ECE 1 - Summary of Recommendation No recommendations identified for this issue.
Parent and Community Involvement (CPI)

NCLB Reauthorization : Forum on Educational Accountability (FEA)
Capacity Building, Innovation and Research & Development (CIRD)
Early Childhood Education (ECE)
ECE 1 - Summary of Recommendation No recommendations identified for this issue.
Parent and Community Involvement (CPI)

NCLB Reauthorization : National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP)
Capacity Building, Innovation and Research & Development (CIRD)
Early Childhood Education (ECE)
ECE 1 - Summary of Recommendation Provide resources for high-quality early childhood education.
ECE 1 - Full Recommendation Provide resources under ESEA to assist states in establishing and implementing a system of high-quality early childhood education, including flexibility in combining funding streams to support it.
Parent and Community Involvement (CPI)

NCLB Reauthorization : National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE)
Capacity Building, Innovation and Research & Development (CIRD)
Early Childhood Education (ECE)
ECE 1 - Summary of Recommendation No recommendations identified for this issue.
Parent and Community Involvement (CPI)

NCLB Reauthorization : National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP)
Capacity Building, Innovation and Research & Development (CIRD)
Early Childhood Education (ECE)
ECE 1 - Summary of Recommendation No recommendations identified for this issue.
Parent and Community Involvement (CPI)

NCLB Reauthorization : National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)
Capacity Building, Innovation and Research & Development (CIRD)
Early Childhood Education (ECE)
ECE 1 - Summary of Recommendation No recommendations identified for this issue.
Parent and Community Involvement (CPI)

NCLB Reauthorization : National Education Association (NEA)
Capacity Building, Innovation and Research & Development (CIRD)
Early Childhood Education (ECE)
ECE 1 - Summary of Recommendation Fund additional programs, including child nutrition and health, Head Start, IDEA and child care.
ECE 1 - Full Recommendation Adequately fund important children's and education programs outside of ESEA, including child nutrition, Head Start, IDEA, children's health, child care and related programs.
Parent and Community Involvement (CPI)

NCLB Reauthorization : National Governors Association (NGA)
Capacity Building, Innovation and Research & Development (CIRD)
Early Childhood Education (ECE)
ECE 1 - Summary of Recommendation No recommendations identified for this issue.
Parent and Community Involvement (CPI)

NCLB Reauthorization : National School Boards Association (NSBA)
Capacity Building, Innovation and Research & Development (CIRD)
Early Childhood Education (ECE)
ECE 1 - Summary of Recommendation No recommendations identified for this issue.
Parent and Community Involvement (CPI)


Abbreviation Key for Organizations
AASA = American Association of School Administrators
AFT = American Federation of Teachers
BCSA = Business Coalition for Student Achievement
Comm. NCLB = Commission on No Child Left Behind
CCSSO = Council of Chief State School Officers
ECS = Education Commission of the States
Ed Trust = Education Trust
FEA = Forum on Educational Accountability
NAESP = National Association of Elementary School Principals
NASBE = National Association of State Boards of Education
NASSP = National Association of Secondary School Principals
NCSL = National Conference of State Legislatures
NEA = National Education Association
NGA = National Governors Association
NSBA = National School Boards Association


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