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Bilingual Education Can Start Preschoolers on Path to Success

January 17, 2012 English Language LearnersQuality and Curriculum
Lisa Intrabartola

Figueras-Daniel – a research project coordinator for the National Institute for Early Education Research at the Rutgers’ Graduate School of Education who is working on a doctorate in education policy – has seen firsthand the positive impact dual-language immersion programs have on preschoolers. Early exposure to a second language enhances cognitive abilities, such as self-regulation…

Educators see two sides to Malloy’s preschool plan

January 10, 2012 AccessEnglish Language LearnersGovernance and AccountabilityState & Local
Nanci G. Hutson

[Connecticut Gov. Dannel P.] Malloy’s call for a more coordinated system does not mandate early childhood education but suggests there should be universal access and benchmarks for all public and private providers to meet.

California study: Kindergartners may be wrongly identified as English learners

October 22, 2011 English Language Learners
Donna Jones

The state-mandated California English Language Development Test is so challenging, researchers say, that too many California children are being labeled as English learners more because of a lack of maturity than language skills. Only about 6 percent of California’s kindergartners who took the test in 2010 were designated English proficient, according to the study, “Classifying…

Hearing Bilingual: How Babies Sort Out Language

October 10, 2011 English Language Learners
Perri Klass

“What the study demonstrates is that the variability in bilingual babies’ experience keeps them open,” said Dr. Patricia Kuhl, co-director of the Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences at the University of Washington and one of the authors of the study. “They do not show the perceptual narrowing as soon as monolingual babies do. It’s…

Program sends parents to school

August 5, 2011 English Language LearnersQuality and Curriculum
Kay Luna

Every week, parents will get to talk about the wonders of childhood. They will hear what children need most from their parents. And they even will make toys – sock puppets, included – as a way to promote bonding between parent and child. This is all thanks to the Texas-based Avance organization, which is expanding…

Studies Provide Guidance for Teaching Immigrant Preschoolers

May 5, 2011 English Language LearnersOutcomes
Mary Ann Zehr

A growing number of studies are providing guidance to school districts that are increasingly looking for ways to support preschoolers from immigrant families so that they are ready for kindergarten. The well-documented academic disparities between many immigrant children and their peers in high school are rooted in early-childhood education, said Robert Crosnoe, a sociology professor…

White House Calls for Improved Hispanic Education

May 2, 2011 English Language LearnersGovernance and AccountabilityState & Local
Jason Koebler

The president has focused on improving pre-K and early childhood education, asking for funding increases for Head Start and Early Head Start, programs that prepare children for school. The report also says Obama would like to extend his Race to the Top program to include early childhood education.

Early learning centers assure good start in school

February 3, 2011 Economics and FinanceEnglish Language LearnersOutcomesQuality and CurriculumSpecial EducationState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations

A report from the Maryland State Department of Education found that during the 2008 and 2009 school year, young children who participated in pre-kindergarten and other child care and education services at the center were better prepared for school than those students who did not attend. Even students receiving free and reduced-priced meals, Special Education…

The top early ed news of 2010

December 22, 2010 Economics and FinanceEnglish Language LearnersQuality and Curriculum
Lisa Guernsey

Early Learning Challenge Fund: What looked like a done deal in 2009 became a cliff-hanger in contentious debates over higher education funding, and by the end of March it fizzled, causing disappointment among many early education advocates.

Bilingual Mandate Challenges Chicago’s Public Preschools

November 29, 2010 English Language LearnersState & Local
Mary Ann Zehr

Administrators in the Chicago public schools are seeking to strike the right balance between providing guidance and permitting flexibility as they put in place the nation’s first state mandate for providing bilingual education to preschoolers. New rules approved by the Illinois state board of education in June flesh out a January 2009 change that essentially…