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P-3 Education

Preschool Through 3rd Grade (P-3) Approach

Efforts to define and implement a P-3 approach to learning are emerging across the country and throughout Colorado. A growing body of research supports the knowledge that academic and social skills acquired by age eight provide the foundation for lifelong learning and success. The first decade of a child’s life is the most opportune time to influence learning paths and ensure the very best outcomes for all children. A high functioning P-3 system is built on this knowledge.

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P-3 Education


The Colorado Department of Education Welcomes Our New P-3 Director

Anji Gallanos will be leading the P-3 Office which includes Literacy, School Readiness, and Preschool teams. Anji comes to Colorado with an extensive background in literacy, Head Start, special education, early childhood and K-3 education at the district, state and federal level. Most recently, she served as the Early Learning Administrator at the Alaska Department of Education. We are so excited to have Anji join us to lead the great P-3 work happening here at CDE!

National P-3 Institute

The National P-3 Center announced the dates and location for the 2018 National P-3 Institute.  This year, this one-of-a-kind professional learning opportunity will be held October 22-25, 2018 in Beaver Creek, Colorado. Applications will open mid-April, and be due in June.  Until then, more information can be found here.

Sharing Colorado's P-3 Stories

School and district leaders across the state are invited to share stories and collaborate on practices, policies, perceptions, challenges, opportunities and successes related to P-3 work. Create and share your own story and connect with others on the impact of your P-3 work.


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For questions and support please contact:

Anji Gallanos
P-3 Director