College and Career Readiness: Does it Begin in Preschool?

CSG Education Public Policy & CSG West Education Committee

College and Career-Readiness: Does it Begin in Preschool?

August 10, 2014

To be successful in today’s world, every student must graduate from high school with the knowledge and skills needed for success in college, the workforce and life. Experts agree instruction to put students on track for college- and career-readiness can’t wait to begin until kindergarten. This session focused on policies and program solutions to ensure successful and expanded access to preschool education. 


Bruce Atchison, Director, Early Learning Institute and ECS Executive Director of Policy and Operations 

Stephanie Berglund, CEO, thread, Alaska’s Child Care Resource and Referral Network

  Download the presentation "Early Care and Education in Alaska" in PDF (without audio) or a Video (with audio)

Renée Wilson-Simmons, Director, National Center for Children in Poverty at Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health 

  Download the presentation "The Impact of Early Learning Experience on Low Income Children" in PDF (without audio) or a Video (with audio)

Laura Speer, Associate Director for Policy Reform and Advocacy, Annie E Casey Foundation

  Download the presentation "Kids Count" in PDF (without audio) or as a Video (with audio)

Speaker Biographies:

Bruce Atchison

A 10-year classroom veteran, Atchison has served as the executive director of the Early Learning Partnership, which focuses on preschool to kindergarten transitions, and Colorado’s Head Start collaboration director. He oversees all early childhood initiatives at the Education Commission of the States. 

Stephanie Berglund

Stephanie Berglund is the CEO of Alaska's Thread, a statewide child care resource and referral network.

Renée Wilson-Simmons

Wilson-Simmons leads the nonpartisan public policy research center dedicated to economic security, health and well-being of low-income children and families. She also served as the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s first senior associate for adolescent health and development and then as associate director of the Evidence-Based Practice Group.

Laura Speer

Speer has primary responsibility for the National KIDS COUNT Project, including annual publications and the KIDS COUNT Data Center. She is a key liaison and resource person for the KIDS COUNT network of state advocates in the U.S., as well as a growing number of child advocates in Latin America interested in data-based advocacy.