Systems Change

Across the U.S., cities are increasingly playing a leadership role in advancing early education. Over the years, we have been fortunate to learn from and help inform other municipal early education initiatives. This past week, we again had an opportunity to share and deepen our learning with the cities of Cleveland, Denver, New York, and Philadelphia to discuss best practices in increasing access to high-quality early education.

The William Penn Foundation, which works to support research and data analyses to identify ways to maximize impact convened the group to inform Philadelphia’s burgeoning efforts to develop a universal preschool program. City leaders, including First 5 San Francisco Executive Director, Laurel Kloomok, discussed timely topics including Quality Rating and Improvement Systems, policy, financing, technical assistance, and workforce development. Presenting to both a live and streaming audience, First 5 showcased its innovations of the last ten years, providing a vision of effective universal preschool in a major metropolitan city.

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