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Early childhood education can ensure success later in life

The Los Angeles Times – Rigo Rodríguez

“This is the Early Development Index, a valid population measure of school readiness for kindergarten students that drills down into five developmental areas known to impact school performance, such as language, communication and cognitive skills, communication skills and general knowledge, social competence, emotional maturity and physical health and well-being. EDI is a game-changer for those of us trying to mobilize our communities to improve school-readiness. For many years, researchers have shown that providing high-quality early childhood opportunities is the magic sauce to success. Put bluntly, if children experience high-quality early childhood opportunities in their first five years or so, it’s nearly impossible to stop them from being successful in life. The positive outcomes are astonishing.”(more)

Tech and early childhood: Speakers say digital tools should be ‘interactive with interaction’

Education Dive – Linda Jacobson

“Technology is widely used in today’s early-childhood classrooms and creates new opportunities for children to create their own content and express their thinking. But 1:1 device models and personalized learning might not be the best type of instruction in preschool and the early grades, Kathleen Paciga, an associate professor of education at Columbia College Chicago, said Friday during a featured session at this year’s conference of the National Association for the Education of Young Children in Atlanta.”(more)

New Analysis Finds Long-Lasting Benefits From Early-Childhood Education

Education Week – Christina Samuels

High-quality early-childhood programs boost graduation rates, reduce grade retention and cut down on special education placements, according to a new analysis of several other early-education research studies that adds fresh fuel to long-running policy debates about the effectiveness of pre-K. “These results suggest that the benefits of early-childhood education programs do in fact persist beyond the preschool year,” said Dana Charles McCoy, an assistant professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, in an email interview. McCoy was the lead author on the analysis, which was published Thursday in the journal Educational Researcher.”(more)

Intentional teaching makes the biggest impact on early childhood outcomes

Science Daily – Staff Writer

“A comprehensive review of research on several measures of the quality of early childhood education suggests that the instructional practices of preschool teachers have the largest impact on young children’s academic and social skills. The review helps untangle a complicated knot of factors that affect young children. “High quality preschool is one of the most effective means of preparing all children to succeed in school,” said Margaret Burchinal, senior research scientist at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “However, this review of research indicates the need to expand our definitions of quality.” Burchinal said her review of the science suggests the field should continue to measure the quality of relationships of preschool teachers and children, especially the sensitivity and warmth of the teachers.”(more)

Early Education Is a Game Changer: New Report Shows That Reaching Infants and Toddlers Reduces Special Education Placement, Leads to Soaring Graduation Rates

The 74 Million – Kevin Mahnken

“Access to early-childhood education significantly reduces students’ chances of being placed in special education or held back in school and increases their prospects of graduating high school, according to new research published by the American Educational Research Association. The report synthesizes evidence of the lasting, long-term benefits of high-quality preschool programs, which have often been dismissed as transient.”(more)

A Stanford professor says we should teach more math in preschool

Quartz – Jenny Anderson

“Most parents do not have to be convinced that early literacy is important. Reading, singing, and talking to children before they can read themselves helps pave the way for curiosity, empathy and, hopefully, a lifelong love of reading. But what about math? Deborah Stipek, a professor at Stanford and the former dean of the school of education, says math is just as important—if not more—to laying the foundations for educational success. But we are not nearly as focused on planting the seeds for a future love of math as we are for reading. “For a variety of reasons, people haven’t paid attention to math,” she says.”(more)