David Jacobson, PhD, works with states, districts, and communities to improve early education and care for low-income children and their families. He specializes in building effective prenatal through grade 3 (P–3) partnerships with the aim of closing achievement gaps, addressing inequality, and building strong communities.

Jacobson brings extensive experience in early childhood education, school improvement, and strategic planning to his work as a senior technical assistance specialist for the Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes. In this role, he supports state education agencies in leading sustained improvements in early learning opportunities and outcomes.

Jacobson is the author of numerous publications on P–3 systems and state policy. He developed and writes for the P–3 Learning Hub, a blog that analyzes P–3 developments around the country. As a member of the advisory board for Boston College’s InterconnectED initiative, he also supports state efforts to integrate educational, social service, health, and mental health resources for children.

Jacobson received a BA in history and an MA in philosophy from Brown University and a PhD in sociology from the University of Chicago.

"The P-3 movement creates a promising opportunity for schools, districts, and communities to reduce gaps while raising achievement and life chances for all children."


Improving Teaching and Learning in Kindergarten Classrooms, Rhode Island Department of Education
Cambridge, MA Birth through Grade 3 Partnership
New Bedford, MA Birth through Grade 3 Partnership

Speaking Highlights

Presentation, the Neurocognitive and Psychosocial Impacts of Violence and Trauma Workshop, National Academies of Sciences
Washington, D.C.
July 31, 2017

Strategy and Implementation in Leading Edge Birth through Grade Three Efforts

Keynote address, Massachusetts Early Education Leadership Conference

Selected Publications

Jacobson, D. (2016, August). Building state P-3 systems: Learning from leading states (policy report). New Brunswick, NJ: Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes.

Jacobson, D. (2014, November). The primary years agenda: Strategies to guide district action. Phi Delta Kappan, 96(3), 63–69.

Selected Resources


This brief describes EDC’s deep commitment to ensuring that all young children have the support they need during the critical early childhood window of time.