Early Learning Cohort

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The impact of early learning programs on communities is profound. AASA’s Early Learning cohort brings educational leaders 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 children from underserved groups and communities.  

Check out the 2022 Early Childhood and Learning Toolkit


Dates: July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023

Location: Virtual & Face-to-Face

Registration Fee:

    Nonmember Price: $2,500
    AASA Member Discounted Price: $2,000

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Who Should Participate?

Any district leader who is interested in furthering the early learning initiative and mission, particularly superintendents, assistant superintendents and directors of early learning.


What Will I Learn?

By joining AASA's Early Learning Cohort, you will: 

  • Discover the power of early education. Explore early learning best practices and research to determine what will make the greatest impact in your community. 

  • Develop lasting relationships with colleagues who are also working on early education, and share knowledge of what works and what doesn’t. 

  • Have the opportunity to work with early learning advocates from across the nation including district administrators and topic experts to gain insight and research to shape actions, advocacy, and responses which promote sustainable and effective early learning efforts, andto collaborate on creative or enhanced strategic plans regarding early learning. Participants also gain a network of colleagues who are embracing early learning in their district.

Programs Dates & Details

Program Duration: July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023 

Registrations are accepted throughout the program year. 

Monthly cohort convenings will be held virtually on the second Wednesday of each month from 1–2:30 pm ET.    

August 10, September 14, October 12, January 11, 2023, March 8, May 10. 

We are planning three In-Person Meetings 

  • November 14-16, 2022 in Boston, MA at Boston Public Schools 

  • February 15, 2023 immediately preceding the National Conference on Education in San Antonio, TX  

  • April 12 – 14, 2023 in Boise, ID at Caldwell School District.  


AASA NCE 2022 Expert National Panel discussing Early Childhood and Learning Toolkit 
 (YouTube Video)


 Cohort Lead


Deborah Bergeron, Deputy Director for Community Engagement and Innovation, National Head Start Association  


 Cohort Steering Committee

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Peter Finch, Superintendent, West Valley School District #208 (WA)   
 Summer Schultz, Superintendent, Dell Rapids School District 49-3 (SD)  
 Eddie Manuszak, Executive Director of Early Childhood, Washtenaw Intermediate School District (MI)  

Program Fees

Nonmember Price: $2,500
AASA Member Discounted Price: $2,000 
Not a member? Join now to save $500!

The program fee includes access to all cohort meetings, materials, discussions and more.



Contact Stephanie St John, program coordinator, at sstjohn@aasa.org..


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