One of the hallmarks of the Early Learning Collaborative is its emphasis on quality and accountability. Collaborative Pre-K programs are required to meet the highest levels of quality, as defined by meeting 10 of 10 quality benchmarks by the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER).
All participants in a collaborative must …
- meet for 180 instructional days.
- administer the Pre-K version of the kindergarten-readiness assessment (MKAS2) in the fall and spring of the Pre-K year so that the public can assess how much each program is growing its students, regardless of their starting point.
- follow the Mississippi Beginnings: Pre-K curriculum.
- complete CLASS observations at least once annually.
- be monitored at least once annually between November and May by the MDE.
- participate in ongoing professional learning communities and coaching.