Articles

Zombies and Service Providers

Published on Monday, May 12, 2014

Early education and childcare service providers have access to excellent information on basic job safety and health concerns. Guidelines for safe lifting, disease prevention, fall avoidance, and other workplace safety concerns are readily available.

Read the full post

Summary of civil rights data reveals opportunity gaps, starting at preschool

Published on Monday, April 21, 2014

Data collected by the U. S. Education Department’s Office of Civil Rights revealed startling opportunity gaps across America, beginning in preschool. The report is based on data from all 97,000 schools, 16,500 school districts, and 49 million students across the U.S.

Read the full post

Reading at grade-level by the third grade: Governors focus on language development

Published on Monday, March 31, 2014

A new report from the National Governors Association examines the gap between research and policy and describes policy actions that states can take to ensure that all children are reading at grade-level by third grade.

Read the full post

Confirmation of the value of picture books that tell a story

Published on Sunday, March 02, 2014

The journal First Language (Nyhout & O’Neill, 2013) reports that children hear more complex language when parents use a storybook with only pictures compared to a picture vocabulary book, or what is referred to in the research as a “didactic” book.

Read the full post

The evidence base for Language is the Key: Documentation for proposal developers

Published on Sunday, March 02, 2014

Decision makers are now realizing just how important early education is, and state, federal, and local support for educational services for young children is growing quickly.

Read the full post

Supporting literacy in natural environments: Free resources

Published on Monday, February 03, 2014

We are very fortunate that our colleagues Angela Notari-Syverson, Judith Challoner, and others have given us permission to distribute their work. As part of a model development grant from the U.S. Department of Education Angela, Judy and their colleagues developed a series of parent-child literacy activities for preschool children,  

Read the full post

Naps enhance learning in preschool children: Facts to support the hunch

Published on Monday, February 03, 2014

A recent report from the University of Massachusetts Amherst confirms the common intuition that young children benefit from naps. In fact children who take naps appear to remember what they have learned better than their peers who do not nap. As preschool programs are expanded around the nation, many decision makers and funders have questioned the value of naps in preschool and ask whether naps may be a waste of valuable learning time.

Read the full post

Praise the process, not the child

Published on Monday, October 21, 2013

Praise that emphasizes a young child’s efforts, actions, and strategies yields greater persistence and better performance five years later.  Praise that focuses on a young child’s characteristics yields significantly less persistence and performance.  "The kind of praise focused on effort is called 'process praise' and sends the message that effort and actions are the sources of success, leading children to believe they can improve their performance through hard work," said Elizabeth Gunderson, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Temple University.

Read the full post

Handouts for parents and teachers: Asking questions that build language and thinking skills

Published on Monday, October 21, 2013

For young children, understanding and answering questions provide important practice for building language and thinking skills.  How can parents and teachers formulate questions that will help children “stretch” and grow?

Read the full post