David Jacobson

David Jacobson leads Education Development Center’s First 10 initiative, which supports school-community partnerships to improve outcomes for children ages 0 through 10 and their families.

Jacobson is the author of a 2019 report funded by the Heising-Simons Foundation, All Children Learn and Thrive: Building First 10 Schools and Communities, which presents findings on coordinated efforts to improve teaching, learning, and care during the first decade of children’s lives. Nationwide, he provides consultation to states, districts, and communities and serves as an advisor on the First 10 model.

A widely published author, Jacobson has written about community-school partnerships, bipartisan education priorities, building state P–3 systems, and professional learning communities. He is a member of the advisory board for Boston College’s InterconnectED initiative.

Jacobson holds a BA in History and an MA in Philosophy from Brown University and a PhD in Sociology from the University of Chicago.