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  1. Invest in early screening. Early screening initiatives can be expanded through programs such as Head Start and Early Head Start and through opportunities within the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). By recognizing how existing laws can support early screening initiatives, federal and state investments can be used wisely and efficiently.
  2. Build expertise of educators and healthcare providers to recognize early signs. Research has shown that signs of learning and attention issues may appear in the early years of a child’s life. Yet many educators and healthcare providers do not receive training to recognize these signs. To resolve this, educators and healthcare providers should receive training prior to entering their profession and throughout their career. One resource to support this professional development for educators is ESSA’s creation of a national center focused on students who are at risk of not attaining full literacy skills due to a disability. Once established, this center will give parents and educators access to evidence-based tools to build knowledge of the early signs of learning and attention issues and become familiar with effective teaching strategies. (See more in the box to the right.)