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The State of Preschool 2016: Raising the Bar on Quality


May 26, 2017
Allison Friedman-Krauss, Ph.D.

The State of Preschool 2016 yearbook released this week found more states–43 plus the District of Columbia and Guam–funding public preschool programs, more children enrolled and more quality standards benchmarks met. Since we began surveying states in 2002, continued–albeit, slow–progress has been made. Since NIEER introduced the Yearbook in 2003, research has continued to inform practice regarding the characteristics of…

Using ESSA to Tackle Chronic Absence from Pre-K to K-12


May 23, 2017
Hedy Nai-Lin Chang, Jane Sundius and Louise Wiener

The Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes ( CEELO ) is proud to partner with New America on this blog series highlighting early learning opportunities and challenges under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).  As states work to comply with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), one of the most positive developments is the frequency with which…

Concerning English Learner Policy Trends in States’ New School Accountability Systems


May 16, 2017
Conor P. Williams

The Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes ( CEELO ) is proud to partner with New America on this blog series highlighting early learning opportunities and challenges under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). This post originally appeared May 11, 2017 on the New America site. Regular readers know that New America’s Dual Language Learners National Work Group has…

All in the Family: Supporting Students through Family Engagement in ESSA


May 9, 2017
Melissa Dahlin

The Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes ( CEELO ) is proud to partner with New America on this blog series highlighting early learning opportunities and challenges under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) strives to reduce academic achievement gaps for children. Research shows family engagement is essential to meeting this…

Looking Before They Leap: How ESSA Can Help Students Transition


May 2, 2017 FederalOutcomes
Michelle Horowitz

The Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes ( CEELO ) is proud to partner with New America on this blog series highlighting early learning opportunities and challenges under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The leap from pre-K to kindergarten can be both exciting and stressful, as children face new classrooms, new classmates, new rules, and new teachers….

Playing Fair: Teacher Compensation Parity Policies and State Funded Pre-K Programs


April 25, 2017
Richard Kasmin

Compensation parity is a critical goal in the pursuit of a well-qualified, stable prekindergarten workforce, especially given the low wages and high demands pre-K teachers face. A recent National Academies of Science report, Transforming the Workforce for Children Birth Through Age 8: A Unifying Foundation , found that facilitating early learning and development requires knowledge and skills as complex as those needed to teach older children. And,…

What’s the Right Thing To Do for Every Child to Succeed?


April 25, 2017
Lori Connors-Tadros, Ph.D. and Laura Bornfreund

The Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes ( CEELO ) is proud to partner with New America on this new blog series highlighting early learning opportunities and challenges under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides both significant flexibility and opportunity to state and local education agencies to increase access to high…

The Great Pretender


April 21, 2017
Jim Squires, Ph.D.

I have yet to meet anyone whose childhood dream was to become an early education leader. Yet, we are fortunate to be surrounded by many fitting that description. Paths to this leadership role are as varied and unique as the people in such positions. Some consider the path one of happenstance, fate or LOS (last…

Data Literacy is More Than Just Test Results: Why it is Important in Early Childhood Education


April 14, 2017
Ellen B. Mandinach, Ph.D.

Data have been used in education for many years. Good teachers and administrators have been using data to inform their practice and make decisions. Why is data use important? Because it is no longer acceptable for educators to solely use anecdotes and gut feelings to make decisions. Educators need hard evidence. To that end, there…

Boosting Language and Literacy Experiences in K-3 for DLLs


April 6, 2017
Alexandra Figueras-Daniel

Attending high-quality preschool yields significant academic benefits for the rising population of young dual language learners (DLLs) in the US. Research  has indicated that when Hispanic children attend high-quality preschool centers, their kindergarten readiness skills significantly exceed those of children who did not attend. The recent National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine Consensus Report (2017) describes effectively educating children who are learning English as…