Our Work

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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: