Policy Brief: The State of Early Learning in ESSA: Plans and Opportunities for Implementation

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This brief reviews state plans submitted to the U.S. Department of Education as of October 1, 2017. It focuses on three key topics for early learning in ESSA: setting clear goals and policy priorities for early learning, integrating early learning into school improvement, and supporting early childhood educator development. Each of these topics has significant potential for impact on early learning, if implemented well at the local level. 

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