Report: Beyond Subprime Learning (New America Foundation)

 Education policymakers must put more focus on teaching and learning in the early years and continue that work up through third grade, according to Beyond “Subprime Learning”: Accelerating Progress in Early Education, a new report from New America’s Early Education Initiative. New America points to two approaches that will spur the most impact towards that goal: streamlining programs, standards, and eligibility requirements and tapping into sources for predictable, sustainable, and increased public funding. The report is a followup to Subprime Learning: Early Education in America since the Great Recession released in January, which found that from 2009-2013 states primarily focused on building infrastructure, such as rating systems that aim to help parents sort through different early childhood programs. But access to high-quality early education opportunities for every child who needs them — especially for every child in low-income working families — remains elusive. Among the many recommendations in the report, it says policymakers should: Enact policies for teacher preparation, professional learning, accountability, and teacher evaluation systems that put a premium on the quality of interactions between adults and children and the learning that results; Revamp state teaching licenses; Re-envision Head Start for 3- and 4-year-olds and; Borrow the Pell Grant model which helps students from low-income families afford college. This report is graphically organized to help policymakers at all levels — federal, state, and local as well as teacher preparation programs — clearly see changes they shouldmake.

Read the report here.