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Learning Frontiers

Pictured, from left, are Jennifer Sorenson, Amanda Witte, Amanda Green, Sheli Cerny, Rebecca Miller and Chadron Public Schools Superintendent Caroline Winchester.

Nebraska was chosen to be one of five states nationwide to participate in a highly regarded Early Learning Network. Community partners and public school districts representing 12 urban and rural Nebraska communities are serving as “anchor districts.” Northwest Community Action Partnership and Chadron Public Schools are key partners in the project.

Three teachers from NCAP Head Start and Chadron Public Schools recently received recognition from the University of Nebraska Center for research on children, families and schools for their participation in the Learning Frontiers objective. The ultimate objective of Learning Frontiers is to advance the understanding of policies and practices across rural and urban Nebraska that support early learning and ongoing academic success, with the focus of the research on pre-kindergarten through third grade.

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NCAP and Chadron Public Schools contributed significant information to the study aimed at identifying malleable factors that (a) support early learning in preschool and Grades K - 3, and (b) may be effective at closing the achievement gap over time for students who are disadvantaged.

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