Clayton Early Learning Selected to Attend Education Institute

DENVER - Oct. 29 - Clayton Early Learning is excited to be part of the team representing Denver Public Schools/Denver city and county, selected to attend the P-3 Institute.

The four-day program, "Making it Work: Implementing a Comprehensive P-3 Approach," is presented by the National P-3 Center, housed in the University of Washington's College of Education, and is taking place Oct. 27-30 at Cedarbrook Lodge in Seattle.

Selected from a highly competitive pool of applicants, the DPS team was one of 15 groups from 11 states chosen to attend. Representing the DPS group are Charlotte Brantley, Clayton Early Learning president and CEO; Cheryl Caldwell, director of early education for DPS; Jane Walsh, early education coordinator for DPS; Ivan Duran, assistant superintendent for elementary education at DPS; Jennifer Landrum, president and CEO of Denver Preschool Program; Emily Bustos, president and CEO, Denver Early Childhood Council; and LaDawn Baity, principal at Trevista at Horace Mann.

During the program, Brantley and the other community early childhood partners will focus on aligning, integrating and implementing best practices for optimal student success from Pre-K through elementary school. The term P-3, or Pre-K through third grade, represents the importance of aligning goals and intended outcomes across early education (birth to 5 years old) and K-12.

"In order for all children to receive the education that will help them be highly successful throughout life, it is vital that education goals are aligned from birth, throughout a child's school career," says Brantley. "We are thrilled to have been selected to attend the P-3 Institute to gain additional tools for developing and implementing a strong P-3 strategy in Denver."

Institute participants will hear from distinguished faculty from across the country and have intensive time to work together to plan their P-3 strategies.

Participants will learn how the latest research can influence early achievement gaps and how they can involve families, teachers and community partners to help close those gaps.

Focusing on how to strengthen and expand P-3 efforts, participants will work on refining and strengthening their district or community's approach to P-3 and focus on how to align goals between ages 0 and 5 and grades Pre-K through 12. They will also gain a deeper understanding of how to add and implement P-3 into their strategic plans and identify policies and practices that will help bring those efforts to scale.

Clayton Early Learning President and Chief Executive Officer Charlotte Brantley can be reached directly at 303.398.8578 or cbrantley @ claytonearlylearning.org.

About Clayton Early Learning
Clayton Early Learning a 501(c)(3), is Colorado's leading catalyst in providing early care and education to ensure optimal development for all children, especially those of limited opportunities. We harness the synergy of four dynamic initiatives - classroom and family-centered practices in our schools, research and program evaluation, professional development of teachers and leaders and effective policy advocacy - to spark improved early care and education approaches statewide in collaboration with other public private entities. Visit www.claytonearlylearning.org for more information.