AASA’s Early Learning Cohort to Highlight Innovative Solutions for Nation’s Young Learners


James Minichello

AASA Cohort to Meet in Washington State’s West Valley School District

Alexandria, Va. – May 4, 2022 – Superintendents and other K-12 administrators from across the country are gathering at the West Valley School District 208 in Yakima, Wash., May 4-6, for the 2022 Spring Early Learning Cohort meeting, hosted by AASA, The School Superintendents Association.

In partnership with Waterford.org and the National Head Start Association, participating superintendents in the AASA Early Learning Cohort will engage in meaningful dialogue with their peers during the three-day event, in an effort to discover best practices and review emerging research to facilitate positive change in the nation’s schools.

“It’s imperative that school system leaders create bold steps to deliver strategies addressing early childhood education to make a positive difference for young children,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “We appreciate Superintendent Peter Finch and the West Valley team for hosting our spring meeting, where early learning experts from across the country will examine best practices in their efforts to enact meaningful change in their own communities.”

“We’re always looking for additional strategies to implement in early learning and being part of this vibrant learning community is helpful to keep our focus on continuous improvement on what we can do to serve our children and families,” said Peter Finch, West Valley superintendent. “West Valley is steadfastly committed to bolstering family engagement strengths, which will benefit students throughout their K-12 experiences.”
Key themes throughout the meeting include garnering community support, building neighborhoods in the community, building leadership skills and dispositions necessary to support district-wide early learning, and ensuring equitable access to early learning for all students. Attendees will also visit several elementary schools in the district, including Ahtanum Valley, Apple Valley, Cottonwood, Mountainview and Summitview. 

Earlier this year, the AASA Early Learning Cohort released a first-of-its-kind toolkit aimed at supporting all providers of early learning, especially school districts, as they embrace the significant responsibility of providing early childhood education. The Early Childhood and Learning Toolkit is a resource offering actionable practices that provide educators with a gateway to explore and define ways to make a positive difference in the lives of the nation’s 50 million public school children and their families.

To learn more, visit the AASA Early Learning Cohort webpage. Superintendents and other school system leaders can also contact Mort Sherman, AASA associate executive director, at msherman@aasa.org, or Debbie Magee, AASA program director, at dmagee@aasa.org.


About AASA
AASA, The School Superintendents Association, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to equitable access for all students to the highest quality public education. For more information, visit www.aasa.org.