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ESSA and Early Learning

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) includes opportunities for supporting early learning. Early learning is included in Colorado’s ESSA state plan and efforts continue to identify opportunities to support early learning and P-3 at the state and local district level.

Early Learning and ESSA


The First Five Years Fund designed this resource, What Early Learning in ESSA Can Look Like for States and Districts to highlight the law’s express early learning provisions as well as others that could strengthen and expand early childhood initiatives at the state and local level.

Fact Sheets

Highlights of funding that can be used to support the development of a P-3 approach to early learning can be found in the ESSA and Early Learning fact sheet.


The ESSA in Colorado blog includes a post focused on ESSA and Early Learning


A PowerPoint outlining Early Learning Guidance in ESSA is also available.