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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…

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…