Prenatal through Age 8 (P-8) Priority Initiative
Prenatal Through Age 8 (P-8)
The Prenatal through Age 8 (P-8) Priority Initiative 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 Initiative:
- 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 P-8 (Prenatal Through Age 8) document provides more information and discusses how districts can engage to support their own P-8 Priority Initiative.
- 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 P-8 (Prenatal through age 8) Priority Initiative.
This P-8 Priority Initiative is sponsored by Deputy Superintendent Dr. Scott M. Koenigsknecht and supported by Richard Lower, Director, Office of Preschool & Out-Of-School Time Learning.