The National P-3 Center focuses on the learning opportunities that young children experience from birth through 3rd grade. The Center’s work bridges four traditional divides:
- the complementary, yet traditionally discrepant, fields of early care and education (birth-to-five) and early elementary (Kindergarten through 3rd grade) years, bringing an intentional focus to the entire continuum of young children’s learning and development, birth to age 9.
- sectors of the early childhood field, including community- and family-based child care, Head Start, and publicly funded pre-kindergarten in order to ensure that more children have quality learning experiences across settings.
- research, practice, and policy in order to identify high-impact strategies that can be implemented at scale to create a strong education pathway that, ultimately, helps to close early achievement and opportunity gaps.
- classrooms, communities, school districts, regions, and states in order to discern how policies and practices at each level can support and strengthen one another.
The Center’s primary work falls into four categories: