Early Learning Cohort

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The impact of early learning programs on communities is profound. AASA’s newest professional Early Learning cohort brings superintendents from across the country together to review emerging research, discover early learning best practices and plan to facilitate change. Recent research shows the high returns on investment and importance of high-quality early education programs—especially for disadvantaged kids.


"You get about 13 percent per annum," Nobel laureate James Heckman says. "Much higher than the annual return on equities in the U.S. stock market..."

WATERFORD-APPLICATION.jpgDiscover the Potential
Discover the power of early education. Explore early learning best practices and research to determine what will make the greatest impact in your community.

Share and Collaborate
Districts from across the country will be represented, from those already working on early education initiatives to others just beginning to plan. Develop lasting relationships with colleagues who are also working on early education, and share knowledge of what works and what doesn’t.

Plan for Success
Participants will leave the course with a strategic plan for creating or enhancing sustainable and effective early learning efforts, a network of colleagues who are also embracing early learning in their district, and an early learning leadership certificate from AASA.

Join Us
Our 2017-18 academic year convenings will be held:
October 11-13, 2017: Prince George's County, Maryland
Spring 2018: TBD

If you are already a member of our Early Learning Cohort, please confirm your participation at our October meeting by registering through this link: Early Learning October Mtg.

If you are interested in joining our Early Learning Cohort, please submit an application by clicking the Complete Your Application Today! link in the box above.

Attendance is limited!
If you would like to be one of the member Superintendents, simply complete the form at the top of this page.

A $1,500 participation fee for each district will cover registration costs for the meetings, materials, and access to Eduplanet in the Early Learning community to utilize resources, discussions, and collaboration as this group works toward impacting early learning for all children. 

With questions contact AASA at LeadPrograms@aasa.org.