National P-3 Institute

Coming in October 2018!

The National P-3 Institute provides an intensive professional education opportunity for collaborative teams to deepen and extend their strategic efforts to implement P-3 approaches that create meaningful change -- specifically, approaches that improve the quality of learning opportunities for young children, birth through 3rd grade, and their families.

Since the first National P-3 Institute was held in 2008 (then called the Harvard PreK-3rd Institute), increasing numbers of districts, communities, states, and organizations have begun designing and implementing P-3 approaches. Now, nearly ten years later, there exists an abundance of activity and resources devoted to P-3, but achievement gaps and opportunity gaps remain stubbornly persistent. Despite this, much has been learned about designing, implementing, and evaluating P-3 approaches. The Institute provides opportunity for participating teams to delve into the lessons and learnings from the past decade and to refine their strategic action plans for the future. The most recent Institute, held in October 2016, highlighted issues of equity-driven decision making, Dual Language Learners, leadership, family engagement, assessment, evaluation, and more.  Each time the Institute is offered, the focus is on aligning, integrating and, most importantly, implementing best practices from classroom to classroom, grade to grade, and school to school, across both early learning and K-3 primary grades.

These 4-day learning experiences have been generously supported in the past by the W. Clement and Jessie V. Stone Foundation and the Foundation for Child Development. In 2018, we are pleased to add the Heising-Simons Foundation to this list.

Dates:  October 2018

Location:  TBD

Program Objectives

  • Examine lessons and learnings from current research and implementation, with particular emphasis on strategies that are improving children's learning opportunities, birth through 3rd grade
  • Embed a deeper and more robust conceptual and practical understanding of implementation into your existing P-3 strategic plans
  • Refine and strengthen your district/community’s P-3 approach, with an explicit focus on expanding and improving cross-sector alignment and interaction (0-5 and PreK-12)
  • Gain an understanding of how the Framework for Planning, Implementing, and Evaluating P-3 Approaches (and its accompanying toolkit) can support and hone your work
  • Develop strategies to involve families, teachers, and community partners in closing achievement gaps early
  • Identify the policies, practices, and organizational approaches that enable effective P-3 work to be taken to scale
  • Participate in a vibrant community of like-minded education reformers from across the nation

Who Should Attend

This is a team-based professional education opportunity.  Teams will be selected to attend based on several criteria:

  • Teams should comprise 5-7 members who are actively working together on the implementation of a comprehensive P-3 approach.
  • Appropriate team members include: superintendents, chief academic officers, principals, curriculum and instruction directors, early learning administrators, members of early childhood and/or P–20 advisory councils, instructional coaches, leaders from non-profit or community-based early childhood services, and other leaders across the early care and education and K–3 continuum.
  • The intent of this Institute is to strengthen and propel forward implementation of P-3 approaches; the focus is more on how to do P-3 comprehensively and less on what is P-3.
  • Preference will be given to teams that clearly demonstrate a history and a future of working together on implementing a comprehensive P-3 approach.
  • Because alignment among early childhood programs and elementary schools, as well as alignment between administrative levels, is critical to P-3 work, preference will be given to teams with strategically diverse membership that reflects the collaborative nature of P-3 work.

Application Process

Applications for the National P-3 Institute are not currently open.

Program Cost:  $750 per person plus travel/lodging

The per-person program fee of $750 includes tuition, all instructional materials, refreshments during breaks, most meals, and a social event.  Participants are responsible for their own travel and lodging expenses (negotiated at the government per diem rate).  Participants will receive a certificate of completion.


Detailed program and accommodation information will be provided to all admitted participants.  The University of Washington has reserved lodging for all participants at a nearby retreat location (this will be disclosed to each admitted participant).  The University of Washington is not responsible for non-refundable travel arrangements or other planning expenses incurred.  We recommend that you not make lodging and travel arrangements until you are admitted to the program.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be submitted via email.  Full refunds will be given up to 30 days prior to the start of the program.  Due to program demand and pre-institute preparations, cancellations received 29–14 days prior to the start of the program are subject to a fee of 10% of the program tuition.  Cancellations received within 13 days prior to the start of the program and no-shows are subject to the full program tuition.  Please note: cancellation fees are based upon the date the written request is received.

The University of Washington reserves the right to change faculty or cancel programs at its discretion. In the unlikely event of program changes, the University is not responsible for non-refundable travel arrangements or other planning expenses incurred.

For questions or more information about the team-based four-day National P-3 Institute, please contact us at