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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
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?
The Language Is a Key video is a valuable tool to support the early literacy efforts of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. The video is an integral part of the Library’s Shared Reading and Early Learning Express Programs that teach the dialogic reading method to parents and caregivers of children ages 2-5.
Kathy Scahill Literacy & Homework Support Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County Cincinnati, OH