Prenatal through Age 8 (P-8) Priority
The Prenatal through Age 8 (P-8) Priority is the foundation for the larger P-20 System and establishes a robust mixed delivery system of early care and education providers, programs, and services for all learners, and their families, in the P-8 continuum and intentionally builds on, and aligns with, the P-20 efforts at the Michigan Department of Education in support of Michigan’s Top 10 in 10 Goals and Strategies.
The P-8 Priority:
- focuses on families and the whole child;
- supports continuity, coherence, and support for all families and children; promotes intentional, collaborative, and aligned professional development;
- provides for seamless transitions;
- includes aligned and comprehensive standards, as well as uses early learner-centered prek-3 instructional practices;
- promotes deep knowledge about children’s comprehensive development leading to sustained efforts, in collaboration with families, to support children’s learning gains; and
- provides the foundation for durable and long-lasting family, community, and school partnerships.
P-8 Initiative Work
Select a topic below for more details.
- This Prenatal through Age 8 (P-8) document provides more information and discusses how districts can engage to support their own P-8 Priority.
- Development and learning begin before birth and every child needs support. In this Top 10 in 10 video, Interim State Superintendent Sheila Alles shares the importance of the Prenatal through Age 8 (P-8) Priority.
This P-8 Priority is sponsored by Deputy Superintendent Dr. Scott M. Koenigsknecht and supported by Richard Lower, Director, Office of Preschool & Out-Of-School Time Learning.