Media Advisory
Kaylen Tucker, NAESP

Expert panel will explore the report’s recommendations, including a call for federal, state, and local policy integration and the principal’s role in developing a common strategy for early learning.

Alexandria, VA—June 30, 2011—Widespread student success is dependent upon programs for children up to age 5 that are strategically linked with schooling for children in K-3. According to a new report, “Building and Supporting an Aligned System: A Vision for Transforming Education Across the Pre-K-Grade Three Years,” federal and state policies have made only marginal strides in creating and supporting an infrastructure that aligns pre-K-3 and provides access to early learning opportunities, despite the established impact of high-quality early learning experiences on student success.

Building and Supporting an Aligned System,” a report by the NAESP Foundation Task Force on Early Learning recommends 10 action steps—that address funding, federal and state policy integration, workforce development, and standards and assessments for young children—to guide the hard work involved in aligning early childhood and elementary education. The report was commissioned by the NAESP Foundation with generous support from the ING Foundation.

Expert panelists will discuss the report’s findings and implications, which represent an important first step toward bridging the early education and K-12 community to align early learning opportunities.


  • Barbara Chester, NAESP immediate-past president and principal in the David Douglas School District in Portland, Oregon
  • Lisa Guernsey, director, Early Education Initiative, New America Foundation
  • John Welsh, principal, Naval Avenue Early Learning Center, Bremerton, Washington

When: 12-1 p.m. EDT, Wednesday, July 6, 2011

How: Call-in number: 866-290-3067; Conference code: 7036843345; Submit questions in advance by e-mail to Space is limited, so be sure to call-in on time.


Established in 1921, the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) serves elementary and middle school principals in the United States, Canada, and overseas. NAESP leads in the advocacy and support for elementary and middle-level principals and other education leaders in their commitment to all children. The NAESP Foundation, founded in 1982, is the charitable arm of NAESP and is dedicated to securing and stewarding private gifts and grants that benefit the National Association of Elementary School Principals.