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Early Learning Provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

Rhode Island recognizes the opportunities in early learning that support our State Plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act.

In December 2015, Congress approved, and President Obama signed, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA, P.L. 114-95) to replace the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. This latest update to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act includes an array of important early learning provisions. ESSA’s provisions also aim to promote early learning coordination within communities; greater alignment with the early elementary grades; and early childhood education focused capacity building among teachers, leaders, and other staff serving young children.

Rhode Island’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) state plan, speaks to the required federal education law, which appropriates Title Funding through State Education Agencies. Early childhood education has always been a part of the federal education law (Sec. 1111), and within the law there are a series of funding opportunities, as well as mandates.