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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…

P-3 governance–What is it, and why is it important?


September 16, 2015

No time is more critical than the present to consider governance and how a state’s approach to governance affects the development and implementation of P-3 systems. _____ Part I: Defining and Describing Governance Governance, as a term applied to the field of early learning, is somewhat ambiguous. To whom or what are we referring when…

Buried treasure: Discovering gold in the NIEER State of Preschool Yearbook


September 9, 2015 English Language Learners

Similar to birds migrating north every year, a wealth of information on early education flies annually into the National Institute for Early Education Research ( NIEER ), as specialists from state education agencies provide data for the Annual State of Preschool Yearbook . Entering its 13th year, the Yearbook reports valuable information on access to, quality of, and resources for state…

Back to School: Who is caring for your young children?


September 2, 2015

Valora Washington is the founder and president of the CAYL Institute in Boston ( cayl.org ), and CEO of the CDA Council for Professional Recognition. She’s the author of hundreds of articles and several books about early education, including a new one: The New Early Childhood Professional. It’s back to school time! Those words usually invoke thoughts…

#TeachersCanBeLeaders!


August 28, 2015 Workforce

Steven Hicks serves as Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of Early Learning at the U.S. Department of Education. Mr. Hicks first began in the Department as a Teaching Ambassador Fellow, having taught preschool through third grade in Los Angeles, California. He has helped shape the Department’s birth to third grade early learning agenda and…

Building Leadership in the Community


August 19, 2015

By Maxine M. Maloney, MPA, Program Manager, Arlington County Department of Human Services, Virginia, Child and Family Services. Since 2013, Maxine has been the Program Manager for Child Care Services; where she is responsible for Child Care Licensing and Project Family. Maxine has over 20 years of experience in early care and education from teaching,…

It’s Time to Make ECE’s Promise a Reality


August 12, 2015

By Stacie Goffin, Ed.D.  Stacie Goffin is Principal of the Goffin Strategy Group, which is dedicated to building early childhood education’s ability to provide effective programs and services for young children through leadership, capacity, and systems development. Stacie is also the author of several seminal publications, including the recently released Professionalizing Early Childhood Education as a Field of Practice: A…

Unifying, Defining, and Owning the Profession


August 6, 2015

By Jacqueline Jones, PhD, President/CEO, The Foundation for Child Development The past 10 years have seen unprecedented federal, state and local attention to the education and healthy development of young children. Government resources have been targeted to support such efforts as home visiting programs, high-quality preschool, research on the effectiveness of early learning and development programs,…