FirstSchool

FirstSchool is a PreK through third grade approach to improving early elementary school experiences for African American, Latino, and low-income children and their families. We form close partnerships with educators at the state, district, and school level to:

  1. foster collaborative inquiry and a more effective use of data;
  2. develop curriculum that is aligned, balanced, integrated, relevant, and developmental;
  3. promote sound instructional practices within cultures of caring, competence, and excellence;
  4. strengthen two-way home-school partnerships that view families as important sources of knowledge about their children and;
  5. work across grade levels to create a more seamless PreK-3rd grade experience for children and families.
Project Website: FirstSchool
FPG Project Staff:
Sharon A. Ritchie, Senior Research Scientist
Gisele M. Crawford, Social Research Specialist
Barbara M. Lowery, Program Assistant
Related Projects:
Turning Point, Inc.
December 1, 2016 - June 30, 2019
Award Amount: $252,130
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
October 30, 2017 - March 31, 2019
Award Amount: $99,539
Minnesota Department of Education
April 1, 2016 - December 31, 2016
Award Amount: $100,017
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
August 22, 2012 - December 31, 2016
Award Amount: $1,720,609
W.K. Kellogg Foundation
June 1, 2014 - May 31, 2016
Award Amount: $500,000
Vermont Agency of Education
November 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015
Award Amount: $99,998
Lansing School District
July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015
Award Amount: $177,628
FirstSchool
Forsyth County Schools
August 1, 2013 - July 31, 2014
Award Amount: $89,180
W.K. Kellogg Foundation
January 1, 2010 - December 31, 2013
Award Amount: $4,001,913
FirstSchool
For more information, please contact: firstschool@unc.edu