Pre-Conference Session


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Pre-K and Charter Schools: Ensuring Quality, Securing Funding, and Exploring New Partnerships

Sunday, June 11, 12 Noon – 5:30PM
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Washington, D.C.

The National Alliance and the First Five Years Fund are excited to announce the first national convening of the charter school community to discuss Pre-K.

Effective early childhood education is an investment with one of the highest returns that we can make in our children. Studies show that if implemented effectively early learning can help students avoid special education, can increase grade retention, and reduce remediation. Many states have made investments in early childhood education and Pre-K a priority. At the federal level, in addition to Head Start, the newly reauthorized Every Student Succeeds Act offers new incentives for states to provide Pre-K programming in public schools. This half-day pre-conference will feature two content tracks – policy and practice– to explore ways charter schools can leverage existing funds or partner with established early childhood programs to ensure that students enter kindergarten ready to learn!

Meet with policy experts and Pre-K charter school leaders to learn how charter schools can be a part of expanding Pre-K education. Join us in Washington for answers to your top questions, including:

  • What funding streams are available for charter schools to provide Pre-K?
  • How can our schools ensure high-quality Pre-K programming?
  • What are charter schools that already provide Pre-K doing and how can we learn from their experiences?
  • What are the other barriers and opportunities that exist?

Registrants will receive a $150 discount off registration for the 2017 National Charter Schools Conference.