Illinois believes that a high-quality, intentionally aligned education system from birth to third grade is essential for the success of the State’s highest-need children and is committed to ensure a high-quality, comprehensive system of teaching, learning, and support for children from birth through third grade. In order to more effectively serve Illinois children and families, the State is aligning and transforming state and local systems to assure collective impact across service sectors. The mission of B-3 state supports is to strengthen Preschool Expansion communities’ ability to develop a high quality, intentionally aligned education system from birth through third grade. This is accomplished through one or more B-3 approaches led by a team of community stakeholders.

New video about B-3 Alignment 

A new overview of the Illinois B-3 Continuity Project has been posted to the project’s website. For those just beginning their birth-to-third grade alignment work, this video gives an overview of the projects mission, goals, and best strategies for creating a quality B-3 system.

Several webinars and regional networking events are being planned for the fall of 2017. For information about these upcoming events, please follow Center for the Study of Education Policy on social media or sign up for their Exchange Newsletter. Additional questions can be sent to Ashley Long the Director of the B-3 Continuity Project at