The U.S. Department of Education released guidance on early learning as a part of the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
03The guidance reminds state and local officials about the opportunities available under ESSA to strengthen early education. It also provides examples of how states and local communities can support academic success for students of all backgrounds.
Strong early learning programs help to narrow achievement gaps between children from low-income families and their more affluent peers, which are detectable as early as nine months of age. (School Library Journal)