David Jacobson

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David Jacobson
Principal Technical Advisor

Mailing Address: 

43 Foundry Avenue
Waltham, Massachusetts 02453-8313



David Jacobson 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) systems 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.  He represents EDC's Center for Early Learning Professionals on The Rhode Island Early Learning Council.

Currently, Jacobson is also leading a team in providing technical assistance to Rhode Island’s Supporting Kindergarten Teaching and Learning initiative. Funded by a Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge grant, this work includes developing and piloting a system of supports to guide the implementation of the state’s KEA, including kindergarten coaching and transition planning. 

Jacobson is the author of numerous publications, including A Purple Agenda for (Early) Education,  Building P-3 State Systems: Learning from Leading States; “The Primary Years Agenda: Strategies to Guide District Action” and “Coherent Instructional Improvement and PLCs: Is It Possible to Do Both?”  He presented Opportunities for Adverse Childhood Experiences Prevention in Early Learning and Care Partnerships at the National Academies of Sciences 2017 workshop on the Neurocognitive and Psychosocial Impacts of Vioence and Trauma. Additionally, Jacobson developed and oversees 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, Jacobson is advancing efforts to develop a statewide infrastructure to integrate educational, social service, health, and mental health resources for children in Massachusetts. 

Before joining EDC, he was the Professional Excellence Director for Cambridge Education, an international organization working to improve school quality and educator effectiveness. In this capacity, he led the development of Cambridge Education’s approach to school turnaround and developed the Common Priorities approach to structuring the work of professional learning communities.

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