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The movement for early childhood education: Conundrums, common sense, cautions, and clouded thinking

Experts disagree about the value of early education. A minority opinion says we don't have enough research to guide an expansion of programs. Most, however, are ready to move forward with programs beginning well before kindergarten.

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

Only one-third of America’s fourth-grade children read at grade level. In March, the National Governors Association issued a report that offers guidance to states to improve these results. The report focuses on the importance of early language development and identifies research-to-policy gaps where policy has not yet caught up with early literacy research. 

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Confirmation of the value of picture books that tell a story

Shared book reading with wordless picture books stimulates richer language from parents than picture vocabulary books. 

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

Grant writers and program managers are searching for evidence-based programs with a proven record of improving literacy outcomes. The What Works Clearing House (US Department of Education) has answers.

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Supporting literacy in natural environments: Free resources

Take advantage of our free parent-child literacy activities in English and Spanish. There are 20 home and community activities that help parents and teachers promote literacy in natural environments. These hand-outs support the CAR strategies from the Language is the Key video programs.  

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

Naps enhance learning in young children and help them remember what they've learned in preschool. Eliminating naps to increase academic time may detract from learning.

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