NCLB + UPK = A Mess, Or A Great Opportunity?
Considering early childhood education in the context of NCLB has to make universal preschool advocates more than a little nervous. You saw how wide they steered away from Head Start reauthorization. And NCLB, including Reading First, already has more than enough baggage.
And yet, a revamped NCLB that doesn't focus much at all on early childhood doesn't make much sense. The learning deficits start early. Even with Reading First NCLB is predominantly a 3-8 program. Once NCLB is done, it might be hard to do a standalone UPK initiative.
That's why New America is doing a post-Thanksgiving event on the topic and releasing a new report November 29. To RSVP for this event, reply to this email: firstname.lastname@example.org with name, affiliation, and contact information.
NB: NAF honcho Mike Dannenberg and I worked on the Hill at the same time way back in the day, and I've done some writing and editing for them in the past.