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New collaboration to set guidelines for early childhood educators


May 27, 2016 OutcomesQuality and CurriculumWorkforce
Ariana Fine

To further its commitment to ensuring that all young children can access high-quality early learning experiences, the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) announced the launch of Power to the Profession, a national collaboration to set a unifying framework of professional guidelines for early childhood educators—from required competencies and qualifications to career…

How one poor Brooklyn preschool is competing with the best


May 26, 2016 AccessOutcomesQuality and Curriculum
Kathleen Lucadamo

Student engagement and positive reinforcement like this, experts say, is a sign of a quality prekindergarten program. The Brooklyn school is one of hundreds of preschools across New York City to receive high marks, according to recent results of the Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scale (ECERS). But what makes this center unusual is that it…

Bringing brain development 101 to kids who miss preschool


May 25, 2016 AccessOutcomes
Deepa Fernandes

The hidden lesson of the painting activity demonstrates what makes Book Sprouts different from many daytime parenting gatherings. The group, coordinated by the social service agency Children’s Bureau, aims to give parents the skills to bolster their children’s development and help close the gaps between children who are enrolled in preschool and those who miss…

New National Program Offers Unique Tools for Early Educators to Promote Young Children’s Brain and Language Development


May 24, 2016 AssessmentOutcomesQuality and Curriculum
Clinton Foundation

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Too Small to Fail, the National Head Start Association, and the National Association for Family Child Care launch “STRIVE for 5: Talk, Read, Sing Early Learning Boot Camp” to provide educators with engaging, user-friendly resources to create language-rich early learning environments. Global learning company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) and Too Small to Fail, in partnership…

Preschool — The solution to black achievement gap?


May 24, 2016 AccessAssessmentEconomics and FinanceOutcomes
Mackenzie Ryan

It’s mid-morning, and Evevett Fugate has been up all night. She takes her youngest, Ovalia, to preschool class for 4-year-olds, then picks her up at 11 a.m. Although Fugate’s overnight work allows her to attend school activities, she has enrolled Ovalia in early childhood programs since age 2 because she knows how vital is it for children to get an early jump on…

Springfield schools to spend $2.4M offer free, expanded preschool


May 24, 2016 AccessOutcomes
Katie Wedell

Hundreds of preschoolers in the Springfield City School District will be able to attend classes for free next year as it plans to spend $2.4 million on early childhood education. The commitment to fund free preschool beyond what state grants cover comes from the district’s belief that it’s the key to turning around poor test…

Free Preschool in Flint Will Mitigate Lead Effects


May 19, 2016 AccessOutcomes
Lawrence Daniel

A new free preschool in Flint will mitigate lead effects for young children by providing services to fight the impact that lead exposure has had on them. A free nationally accredited preschool will be available at Brownell Holmes Stern Academy through the Great Expectations pilot program.  The school district and the University of Michigan-Flint are running…

Harvard Ed School launches major early childhood education initiative


May 19, 2016 AccessAssessmentOutcomesState & Local
Bamzi Banchiri

A new early childhood program that seeks to promote research and teaching in the field of child development is underway at Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE), thanks to a $35.5 million gift from the Saul Zaentz Charitable Foundation. The donation, HGSE’s single biggest donation to date, will put Harvard at the forefront of research…

IBM and Sesame Workshop Aim to Personalize Learning for Preschoolers


May 19, 2016 AccessAssessmentOutcomesQuality and Curriculum
Meg Conlan

Just call him Adaptive Learning Elmo. The Sesame Street icon and his peers — all longtime staples of early childhood educational programming — will soon draw on IBM Watson cognitive computing technology to personalize preschool learning experiences. The three-year collaboration between IBM and nonprofit Sesame Workshop will tap teachers, researchers, technologists, performers and other experts in their…

2015 Preschool Yearbook: Still A Long Way To Go


May 17, 2016 AssessmentOutcomes
Aaron Loewenberg

Tday the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) released its  2015 State of Preschool yearbook . This annual report presents helpful data on the state of pre-K programs nationally as well as breakdowns of each state’s progress in providing high-quality pre-K services to three- and four-year-olds. The report details modest gains in pre-K access, quality, and funding across the…