Document Number: 6773Ladders Of Learning: Fighting Fade-Out By Advancing PK-3 Alignment - This paper outlines the importance of having strong, well-aligned programs beginning in pre-kindergarten (PK) and extending through third grade (PK-3). It reviews the short-term impact of PK and full-day PK programs, then summarizes the evidence that these impacts may "fade out" by the primary grades. To fight fade-out, PK-3 alignment is proffered as one means to enable children to maintain and expand upon the gains they make in early childhood education. PK-3 suggests that PK experiences should be aligned with kindergarten and that kindergarten should be aligned with early elementary education. The paper closes with federal policy recommendations that provide both models and incentives for the nation, states and local school districts to institute and strengthen PK-3 alignment. (Kristie Kauerz, New America Foundation, January 2006)...
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