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The impact of strong district leadership in early childhood: Lessons from California


Three communities in California that have been working on building and strengthening their early childhood systems can offer important lessons. As part of the Starting Smart and Strong initiative, New America has been following the efforts of Fresno, Oakland, and East San Jose since 2015 as they reform the way early childhood systems work and the way teachers are trained. In May of 2023, the School Superintendents Association (AASA)’s Early Learning Cohort and New America hosted a panel discussion with leaders from each of these three communities on early learning leadership. The findings in this brief are pulled from that discussion, evaluation research on early childhood reform in California, and New America’s past policy analysis and reporting in this area since 2015. (author abstract)

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