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Expanding Pre-K into Community Settings


Friday, December 11, 2015       

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Central Time



REL Midwest and its Early Childhood Education Research Alliance hosted a webinar designed to explore preschool expansion from federal, state, and district perspectives.


The event featured a presentation by Libby Doggett, Ph.D., of the U.S. Department of Education, who discussed the objectives of Preschool Development Grant – Expansion Grant award and the federal government’s support of pre-kindergarten program expansion. The event also featured a presentation from Monica Yudron, Ed.D., of Harvard University, who shared insights in implementation and impact from the Boston Public Schools K1 in Diverse Settings (K1DS) pilot study. Mr. Richard Lower of the Michigan Department of Education discussed his state’s experience with rapid expansion of pre-kindergarten programs.


This event was designed to address the U.S. Department of Education’s priority area of Early Childhood Education.


Please view the archived PowerPoint presentation slides




Libby Doggett, Ph. D., Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Early Learning, Office of Early Learning, U.S. Department of Education


Monica Yudron, Ed.D., Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts and Evaluation Director of the Boston Public School K1 in Diverse Settings (K1DS) Pilot, Harvard University


Richard Lower, Director of Preschool and Out-of-School Time Learning, Office of Great Start, Michigan Department of Education


Who Should Attend?


Preschool teachers, staff from community-based preschool programs, researchers, policymakers, local education agency staff, and state education agency staff.


Related Resources


Weiland, C., & Yoshikawa, H. (2013). The impacts of an urban public prekindergarten program

on children’s mathematics, language, literacy, executive function, and emotional skills: Evidence from Boston. Child Development, 84, 2112–2130.


Yoshikawa et al. (2013). Investing in our future: The evidence base on preschool education. New

York, NY: Foundation for Child Development. Retrieved from