April 10, 2020 – Volume 19, Issue 14

UPDATE – COVID-19 webinar added to Events section.
Hot Topics
How has China been able to educate more than 220 million children—including preschoolers—safely confined to their homes?
The answer offers lessons for US policymakers as COVID-19 keeps American children away from classrooms, according to Dr. W. Steven Barnett and Dr. Zijia Li of the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) at the Rutgers Graduate School of Education.
China responded to the virus’ impact on children in two broad moves: Closing classrooms nationwide, and providing free educational resources and guidance for teachers and parents, according to Barnett and Li in a new article on Preschool Matters Today, NIEER’s blog.
ECE Resources
In a study of the contribution of spatial language to the growth of preschool children’s spatial skills, researchers found “…4-year-old children’s experience with spatial language during play can transfer to promote their mental rotation.”
A review “aimed to identify the portion size guidance resources” for feeding preschool aged reports “the range in size of an average eating occasion was large (90–292 g).” It further notes “This review identifies resources that could help caregivers to choose appropriate portion sizes for preschool-aged children but also highlights how future resources could be improved.”
Reviewing cost-effectiveness studies on school hearing screening programs, researchers found the “majority of studies concluded that school hearing screening was cost-effective. However, significant differences in methodology and region-specific estimates of model inputs limit the generalizability of these findings.”
In a study that examined the relationship between attention and inhibitory control and preschool students’ low and high relational and numerical mathematical skills found response time predicted numerical mathematical skills. Researchers suggest the “results highlight the importance of attention in the numerical skills of preschool students, with a greater weight of response time which is better in students with higher numerical mathematics skills.”
Researchers note “an accumulation of maternal adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) is associated with negative health outcomes across generations.” In this study “examining maternal family social support as a culturally relevant buffer in the association between mothers’ ACEs and her children’s behavior problems in early childhood,” researchers found “children of mothers who reported high ACEs and also moderate to high family social support did not show elevated externalizing behaviors …”
Early Education News Round-up
The week’s key stories on early childhood education. Read now.
The HighScope Board of Directors is seeking candidates to serve as the organization’s next president. More information and application instructions are available online.
UPDATE – Webinar: Child Care During COVID-19: Guidance & Implementation from Experts, Monday, April 13, 3:00 PM EDT. The latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Supplemental Guidance for Child Care Programs that Remain Open. Registrants may submit questions about the recommendations in advance to eocevent357@cdc.gov.
Learning Remotely in the Age of COVID-19: Lessons from Evidence and Concerns for Equity, April 14, 2020, 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET / This free webinar will discuss evidence-based practices and approaches to support remote learning; a framework to inform states, districts, and schools in their decisions about remote learning; and approaches to address equity concerns that arise from school closures. For administrators from state education agencies, districts, and schools; teachers; school board members; and others interested in effective distance learning.
Distance Learning: How to Read Books with Preschoolers, April 16, 2020, 2:00 – 3:00 PM (PST) / Hosted by Early Edge California, this webinar will provide a brief introduction to Personalized Oral Language(s) Learning (POLL) strategies, explain how these strategies can support ECE educators in supporting oral language development, and provide a reading aloud demonstration using these techniques. It will explore ways to support social and emotional development during this difficult time.
2020 National Head Start Conference LIVE! April 21 – 23, 2020, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM EST / This virtual conference will feature keynote and breakout speakers who will keep you up-to-date on the latest in our community. These topic areas were all chosen based on direct feedback from the field Contact annual@nhsa.org with questions or concerns.
Preparing Educators for Deeper Learning and Equity During COVID-19, April 23, 2020, 3:00 – 4:00 PM ET / This webinar features leaders from educator preparation programs around the country who are members of the Educator Preparation Laboratory (EdPrepLab) network. They will explore pressing questions around teacher and leader preparation during the COVID-19 crisis.