PreK-3 Alignment in California's Education System: Obstacles and Opportunities

May 2, 2016


Rachel Valentino and Deborah J. Stipek
This research paper documents: 1) how key district and policy leaders in California conceptualize PreK-3rd grade alignment; 2) what kinds of policies and practices districts have implemented to achieve alignment; 3) what kinds of efforts and practices have been successful and the critical ingredients of their success; and 4) the main barriers districts and schools have encountered when attempting to achieve alignment between preschool and the elementary grades. The report highlights efforts from Fresno Unified School District and Long Beach Unified School District.

APA Citation: 

Valentino, R., & Stipek, D.J. (2016). PreK-3 alignment in California's education system: Obstacles and opportunities. Stanford: Policy Analysis for California Education.


  • District-Level Perspectives


  • California