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Improving Education in Early Elementary: A Case for the PreK-3 Continuum in Colorado

March 15, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Researchers have demonstrated that participation in high-quality early childhood programs improves academic, behavioral, socio-emotional and cognitive outcomes for all children, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds. Although benefits of high quality preschool have been found through adulthood, studies have revealed some benefits disappear by the time children are in third grade.

Without alignment in curricula and instruction between preschool and elementary, as well as continuous support that takes into consideration the developmental, linguistic, and cultural characteristics of young children, participation in early childhood does not prevent risk of academic failure for some children.

In this session, we will discuss ways in which educational leaders, educators and teacher educators in Colorado might strengthen early elementary to build on the benefits of early childhood education.

When: 5:30-7 p.m., Wed., March 15, 2017
Where: Terrace Room (2nd floor), 1380 Lawrence Street, Denver (map)
Admission: Free, but space is limited — register today! Heavy hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served.

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  • Dr. Moira Coogan, Principal, REACH Charter Elementary School
  • Sharon Ritchie, Senior Scientist, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute
  • Dr. Lisa Roy, Executive Director of Early Education and Two-Generation Approaches, DPS
  • Dr. Lori Ryan, Senior Instructor, School of Education and Human Development, CU Denver
  • Sarah Weaver, Third Grade Literacy Teacher, DPS

Moderator: Dr. Christina Gillanders, Associate Professor, School of Education and Human Development, CU Denver

If you are unable to attend, tune in remotely! Join us by phone, computer or tablet by clicking this link at the scheduled start time.

This event is open to the public.


March 15, 2017
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm