Early Childhood

Who’s Doing Birth-to-8 Right?

By Maureen Kelleher — November 09, 2010 1 min read

A reader emailed asking if I knew of school districts and/or schools that are partnering with early educators to build a zero-to-8 continuum that encompasses both education and the health and family services that support learning. In our reader’s words, what we’re looking for here is “not just pre-K-3, and not just educational alignment, but birth-to-8 and all the other things schools can be doing outside the classroom to help ensure what goes on inside the classroom is working.”

A tall order. In fact, the reader and I both described it as a needle in a haystack. But we’d like to know if other Early Years readers have seen K-12 districts and schools take on this challenge, even if they don’t have the whole enchilada in place yet.

Through email I’ve already received some nominees, such as:

Montgomery County, Md.
Tulsa, Okla.
Pittsburgh, Pa.

If readers have other nominees to share, please bring them on. And if folks from the locales suggested would like to explain what they are doing, please comment or email me, and we’ll open the conversation. Thanks in advance for all tips!

A version of this news article first appeared in the Early Years blog.