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REGISTER NOW FOR 6/17 WEBINAR, "LESSONS FROM NEW JERSEY'S ABBOTT PRESCHOOL: BUILDING A NATIONAL SYSTEM OF HIGH QUALITY EARLY EDUCATION"

Thur., June 17 at, 2 PM EDT

Register now: https://bit.ly/3iddyIq

Two decades ago, the New Jersey Supreme Court in the landmark Abbott v. Burke school funding case ordered the State to provide preschool education for three- and four-year-olds in 31 urban districts segregated by poverty and race. The ruling embraced the research showing high quality preschool reduces the opportunity gap between affluent and low-income students and produces life-long benefits.

A coalition of advocates worked to ensure that New Jersey created a pre-K program with high standards that transformed a patchwork of private and public programs into a highly effective and unified mixed delivery system. Through years of tireless work on many fronts, the “Abbott Preschool Program” has emerged as a national model.

In the latest release of a longitudinal study by the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER), the Abbott Preschool continues to demonstrate the long-term positive outcomes, now through grade 10, of children in the program for two years. These outcomes include persistent gains in academic achievement, reduction in student grade retention, and decrease in special education placement. As President Biden calls for free, universal preschool across the country, New Jersey’s high quality preschool program can be a national model for the delivery of effective early education.

Please join Steve Barnett of NIEER, Cecilia Zalkind of Advocates for Children of New Jersey, David Sciarra of Education Law Center, and Miriam Calderon of the United States Department of Education for a discussion of the most recent NIEER report about the Abbott Preschool Program (APPLES-10), the key aspects of a successful program, and what it would take to replicate New Jersey’s model across the country. The webinar is sponsored by Education Law Center and NIEER and will be moderated by Jason Pedraza, ELC Staff Attorney-Skadden Fellow.


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Sharon Krengel
Policy and Outreach Director
skrengel@edlawcenter.org
973-624-1815, x 24