Early Grades: P-3 Alignment
The early childhood years do not end when children enter
kindergarten. In fact, experts agree that early childhood
development is a continuous process that extends through third
grade. During those first eight years of life, a child’s brain is
most malleable and capable of learning. Thus, investments in the
early years reap the largest returns. Education research mirrors
science, supporting an aligned and high-quality education system
from preschool through third grade. Through this so-called P-3
alignment, important academic gains made in the early years have
the best chance of lasting.
The following studies provide a sampling of research on policy topics with nationwide applicability.