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FirstSchool is a Pre-K 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.


Gisele M. Crawford, Social Research Specialist
Barbara M. Lowery, Program Assistant

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