Political observers say there is little chance of Congress passing a new Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) this year, but some legislators are forging ahead anyway. In the past month, Republicans and Democrats have put forward bills designed to be part of a redesigned ESEA, known to most as No Child Left Behind. One bill in particular has been on our mind here at Early Ed Watch: The Continuum of Learning Act. The bill — H.R. 2794 — does not create new programs or require new spending. Its purpose is to change policies at the school, district and state level to bridge gaps between existing early learning centers and elementary schools.