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Transforming the Early Childhood Education Workforce

May 24, 2016 Workforce

The 2015 Institute of Medicine and National Research Council’s (IOM & NRC) Transforming the Workforce  report highlights the state’s role in creating a pathway for early care and education (ECE) teachers to acquire education and professional development to meet the demands of their important role. Research shows that ECE teachers’ skills and competencies are predictive of child outcomes,…

Slow and (Un)Steady Does Not Win the Race: What Other States Should Learn from New York

May 12, 2016 AccessQuality and CurriculumState & Local

The economist John Maynard Keynes famously wrote: “The long run is a misleading guide to current affairs. In the long run we are all dead.” Typically, this phrase is cited to support government intervention over waiting for the eventually self-correcting private sector. As this year’s State of Preschool marks 14 years of tracking state government support for preschool…

A Fresh Look at the State of Preschool

May 9, 2016 State & LocalUniversal and Targeted

The National Institute for Early Education Research will release its latest findings on the state of preschool on Thursday, May 12 in New York City. If this sounds like a new venue for the yearbook’s release, it is—and not without reason. Joining me and the research team at the press conference will be Mayor Bill de…

3,2,1… Action: Defining Quality in the Primary Grades with Video

May 2, 2016 AssessmentState & Local

K-3 Guidelines

Review of Kaufman, Kaufman, and Nelson’s Learning Together: The Law, Politics, Economics, Pedagogy, and Neuroscience of Early Childhood Education

April 21, 2016 Quality and Curriculum
by Jessica Francis

The early years prior to formal primary schooling are characterized by a wide range of experiences for children. As a result, it is not surprising that there are strong opinions both for and against the schooling that is provided for children at this age. Kaufman, Kaufman, and Nelson’s Learning Together: The Law, Politics, Economics, Pedagogy,…

New Resources for Educators, Policy Makers and Families of Young DLLs

April 15, 2016 English Language LearnersQuality and Curriculum
by Alexandra Figueras-Daniel

The challenges of educating young Hispanic DLLs is currently at the forefront of many conversations. Due to the sheer numbers of young DLLs aging into early care settings and kindergarten, the learning outcomes for preschool age DLLs has mounting implications for educators and policy makers alike. One aspect of the conversation centers on the importance…

How much can high-quality Universal Pre-K reduce achievement gaps?

March 31, 2016 AccessOutcomes
Allison Friedman-Krauss, Ph.D.

In a report published by the Center for American Progress , NIEER researchers find that providing high-quality prekindergarten to all children nationally would dramatically reduce inequality in academic preparedness at kindergarten entry. Here we provide highlights from that report. Many ethnic/racial minority children and children from low-income families enter kindergarten without all the skills they need to succeed in…

What Do Parents Need To Know About High Quality Preschool?

March 23, 2016 Quality and CurriculumState & Local

To view as a PDF, click here. Para español, haga clic aquí. Parents looking for good early care and education face a formidable challenge.  Further below we provide some helpful resources, but ultimately parents have to spend time learning about any program they are considering– asking questions, observing, and thinking about whether it is the right fit for your individual child. Below are 10 BASIC QUESTIONS that…

Creating Conditions for Increased Attendance

February 29, 2016 Access

Creating conditions in which people are more likely to change. This phrase really stuck with me when I heard it recently at a session on systems thinking at the CEELO Leadership Academy , led by Tracy Benson from the Waters Foundation because it applied to many of my personal and professional interactions. In particular, it resonated with CEELO’s chronic absenteeism FastFact . The…

Obstacles to Instilling an Education Ethic

February 24, 2016

A pediatrician friend speaking to me about a child’s health was careful to point out the difference between a label and a diagnosis. “Labels are not helpful; diagnoses are.” When asked for further explanation, she said four characteristics found in a diagnosis may be absent in a label. First, there must be clear signs or…