The Next Social Contract for the Primary Years of Education

Research shows that education investments in the earliest years of life make the greatest difference in the educational outcomes of children. America has an opportunity to provide children with high-quality instruction throughout the earliest years of their schooling by making changes at the local, state and federal levels. These reforms would lead to significant improvements in the educational outcomes of our students, citizens and future workforce.

As the Obama Administration and Congress consider how to revamp education policy, join the New America Foundation's Education Policy Program and Next Social Contract Initiative for the release of a paper that argues for a fundamental rethinking of public policy related to children's primary years in education, starting at age three and reaching up through the third grade, and for a lively conversation about education reform.