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Zombies and Service Providers

Keep your staff safe (and make them laugh at the same time). An engaging new book, Zombie Safety and Self-Defense Handbook, shows staff how to be safe at work, on home-visits and just about anywhere zombies, werewolves, and vampires lurk.

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

A national report highlights racial and gender disparities in pre-school suspensions and kindergarten retention. Unlike school-age children with disabilities, preschool students with disabilities do NOT receive more suspensions than their typically developing peers.

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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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