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Study Finds Large Quality Differences in Early Education Settings


June 7, 2016 AssessmentOutcomes
Aaron Loewenberg

Among children between the ages of three and five, just under  80 percent  receive care and education from someone other than a parent. The settings in which children receive these services vary greatly. There are formal, classroom-based settings such as state-funded pre-K, Head Start, and private child care centers. But children also receive care and education in…

Preschool Beats Informal Care, Study Says


June 7, 2016 AssessmentOutcomes
Lillian Mongeau

Formal day care, like Head Start, public school pre-K and private centers, provide higher-quality care and education to both toddlers and 4-year-olds than informal, non-parent caregivers, according to a data analysis published in the most recent issue of Child Development , a scientific journal.  The research, led by Daphna Bassok at the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education, looks at data from a database tracking about 14,000 children…

Study: Preschools Top Home-Based Care in Preparing Children for School


June 6, 2016 AssessmentOutcomes
Global News Connect

Children receiving formal, classroom-based preschool accept significantly higher-quality caring and have improved reading and math skills than peers who accept spontaneous child caring before kindergarten, according to a new investigate by a University of Virginia and other institutions, published this week in Child Development. Currently many immature children in a United States – about 50…

NIEER Releases Data on State Policies to Support DLLs


June 6, 2016 AccessAssessmentEnglish Language LearnersOutcomesQuality and CurriculumUniversal and Targeted
Amaya Garcia

Last fall my three-year-old son enrolled in a public pre-K program at a local elementary school in Washington, D.C. At our first meeting with his teacher, she asked us questions about what languages we spoke at home and whether our son spoke a language other than English. I was thrilled to be asked these questions…

Putting early education front and center in Mass.


June 3, 2016 AccessOutcomesState & Local
Shirley Leung

House Speaker Bob DeLeo is done talking about the value of preschool education. It’s time to get it right in Massachusetts. This week DeLeo began meeting with a group of business leaders to develop a plan on how the state could increase not only access to early education but improve quality. His goal: Come up…

Supporting Dual Language Learners in Early Learning Settings


June 3, 2016 AccessEnglish Language LearnersOutcomesQuality and CurriculumUniversal and Targeted
The White House

Today the White House is announcing a new  Federal policy statement  from the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Education on better supporting our country’s youngest dual language learners (DLLs) in early childhood programs. The Obama Administration will be joined by public and private sector organizations that will also announce new commitments to support DLLs. Additionally,…

Study: Funding, leadership key to pre-K and early school years alignment


June 2, 2016 Economics and FinanceOutcomes
Jeremy Hay

More funding is needed to achieve greater curriculum alignment between preschool and the early school years, so that what students learn in kindergarten through 3rd grade builds on what they learned in preschool, a new study says. Strong leadership by district officials knowledgeable about quality preschool education is another key to making alignment work, said the…

New Edinboro University of Pennsylvania program to help preschool-age children with hearing loss


June 1, 2016 Outcomes
The Meadville Tribune

Edinboro University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Speech, Language and Hearing introduces a regionally unique program this fall titled Kids Intensive Language Training (KILT) to offer intensive language therapy to preschool-age children with hearing loss. Applications are being accepted for the eight available places in the inaugural KILT class. The program is classroom-based and involves the…

Kentucky Preschools Dropped Enrollment in 2015, But Increased Per-Student Funding


May 31, 2016 AccessAssessmentOutcomesState & LocalState Pre-K Evaluations
Rob Canning

A new report from a non-profit early education advocacy group shows that Kentucky is among states improving in the number of state dollars spent for Pre-Kindergarten education programs. According to “The State of Preschool Yearbook” by The National Institute for Early Education Research, the 2014-2015 school year saw improvement in state-by-state Pre-K funding across the…

Protect transitional kindergarten for students and schools


May 27, 2016 Outcomes
Fay Grundel

Mariana stepped foot into my transitional kindergarten classroom when she was 4 years old, too young to start class. She knew little to no English, was unsure how to follow class instructions and would hide by my side. Now near the end of the school year, she confidently walks into class to tell me about…