Early Learning Cohort

Building the foundation for future success.
Early Learning visit at school district


Unlock the transformative power of early childhood education by joining AASA's Early Learning Cohort! You will gain insights into best practices that foster academic success, social-emotional development, and cognitive growth in young learners. Collaborate with fellow educators to close achievement gaps, empower families, and build a brighter future for all children.

Learning Outcomes:
    Early Learning Group
    • Discover the power of early education: Explore early learning best practices and research to determine what will make the greatest impact in your community.
    • Develop lasting relationships with colleagues: Build a coalition of supports and share knowledge with colleagues who are also working on early education initiatives.
    • Collaborate with national advocates and experts: Work with early learning advocates and topic experts to shape sustainable and effective early learning efforts and collaborate on strategic plans.
    • Expand your network: Gain a network of colleagues who are embracing early learning in their districts and become champions for making early childhood matter most.
      Cohort Dates and Details
      2024 - 2025 Meeting Schedule

      Virtual Meetings

      All virtual meetings will take place from 1:00pm - 2:30pm ET on the following days:

      • August 14, 2024
      • September 11, 2024
      • October 9, 2024
      • December 11, 2024
      • January 8, 2025
      • February 12, 2025
      • April 9, 2025

      In-Person Meetings

      Registered cohort members receive complimentary registration to in-person meetings. Team members and guests are welcome to register and attend at a separate cost.

      • November 13 - 15, 2024, Denver Public Schools, Colo.
      • April 30 - May 2, 2025, Pittsburgh, Pa.



      2023-2024 Meeting Schedule

      Virtual Meetings

      Monthly cohort convenings will be held virtually on the second Wednesday of each month from 1:00 –2:30 pm ET.

      • August 9, 2023
      • September 13, 2023
      • October 11, 2023
      • January 10, 2024
      • April 10, 2024
      • May 8, 2024

      In-Person Meetings

      • November 8 - 10, 2023 | Long Beach Unified School District, Calif.

      • February 14, 2024 | Neighborhood House, San Diego, Calif.

      • March 20 - 22, 2024 | Gwinnett County Public Schools (Ga.)


      When we talk about breaking down barriers…a strong early learning start gives everyone even footing to achieve their full potential.
      Kristi Dominguez

      Superintendent, Ferndale School District (Wash.)

      The research is very clear that early learning builds a foundation for future success for students. It’s important as a nation that we invest in early learning.
      Peter Finch

      Superintendent, West Valley School District 208 (Wash.)

      Peter Finch


      August 14, 2024 to May 2, 2025


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      • Debbie Magee

        Director, Leadership Network

        AASA, The School Superintendents Association



      • Stephanie St. John

        Project Coordinator, Leadership Network

        AASA, The School Superintendents Association



      Early Learning Resources

      AASA Early Learning Spring 2023 Meeting at the Caldwell School District (Idaho)

      Early Learning visit






      View Meeting Photo Album!

      AASA Early Learning Spring 2022 Meeting at the West Valley School District 208 (Wash.)


      2022 Early Learning Toolkit

      Early Childhood and Learning Toolkit