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Building the capacity of state early childhood administrators: CEELO FY2015


February 10, 2016 OutcomesWorkforce

At CEELO we believe all organizations benefit from a continuous improvement process based on evaluation. That’s why we’re not only engaged in providing Technical Assistance (TA) to states across the country, but we also evaluate our own work and act upon feedback to enhance our services and outreach. The Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO) is one…

Universal Pre-K: What does it mean and who provides it?


January 6, 2016 AccessState & Local

Inquiring minds often want to know which states offer “universal pre-K.” As states vary in what they define as universal pre-K (UPK) and in how far they have progressed toward fully implementing a universal program as intended, the answer is somewhat complicated. Regarding definition, the term UPK can mean simply that the sole eligibility criterion is…

Year in Review


December 18, 2015

Looking back over 2015, it’s been a year packed with action around early childhood education at NIEER, in the states, and across the country. US News wrote here about their 5 biggest stories in early education, including the expansion of NYC UPK (we addressed that early, here ); the release of Vanderbilt’s study of TN pre-K (which…

Finishing the job we started: the next best step in early childhood education


December 16, 2015 English Language LearnersOutcomes

By Valora Washington and Jeffrey Gross. Valora Washington is the Founder and Director of the CAYL Institute ( www.cayl.org ) and CEO of the Council for Professional Recognition ( www.cdacouncil.org ). Jeffrey Gross is Director of the New Americans Integration Institute at the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy (MIRA) Coalition ( www.miracoalition.org ). Massachusetts has often been on the cutting edge…

School Mobility: Implications for Children’s Development


November 30, 2015 Outcomes

More than one-fifth of children in the United States are living in poverty . Children growing up in poverty face numerous adversities that can negatively affect their learning and development, starting at a very early age. For example, these children are less likely to have access to books and to hear rich vocabulary; and are more…

Empty windows of opportunity?


October 26, 2015

John T. Bruer , Brookings Nonresident Senior Fellow, Economic StudiesCenter on Children and Families , recently wrote about the seductive appeal of brain science in assuring optimal brain development and life-long wellbeing. He noted that “The advocacy literature tends to tell only half of the story about the effects of experience on synapse formation. The full story raises doubts as to how much specific…

What the State of Preschool can tell us about Dual Language Learners in state programs


October 21, 2015 English Language Learners

The NIEER State of Preschool Yearbook collects data on a variety of topics relating to early childhood, including how states are serving dual language learners. According to Child Trends , nearly 22 percent of U.S. children live in a household that speaks a language other than English, therefore, it is important to analyze what supports early childhood programs are providing…

Early STEM – Fuel for Learning


October 6, 2015

José, a preschooler in Mrs. Hardy’s classroom, had never talked in class. He was a dual language learner (DLL), and it was already December. His teacher was participating in our SciMath-DLL professional development project where she had been learning about how to incorporate more science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) into her classroom and how…

Lessons learned from Vanderbilt’s study of Tennessee Pre-K


October 2, 2015

Newly released  findings  from Vanderbilt’s rigorous study of Tennessee’s state-funded pre-K program are a needed tonic for overly optimistic views. No study stands alone, but in the context of the larger literature the Tennessee study is a clear warning against complacency, wishful thinking, and easy promises. Much hard work is required if high quality preschool programs…

Part II: Functions and Capacities of P-3 Governance


September 23, 2015

(Part II of II. For Part I click here .) Governance change has been a catalyst for broader system development in the states that have chosen to focus on this subsystem (Dichter, 2015; Gomez, 2014), though much more empirical work needs to occur in order to understand how governance affects state system development and, subsequently, services…