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Why keeping parents and kids connected in the early years is critical

E-School News – Chelsey Rodgers

“In more than 60 percent of all two-parent households, both parents work, and in nearly all of these households, at least one parent is employed. This means that the vast majority of parents in our country experience regular and prolonged periods of time away from their children. Since parental involvement is one of the most influential factors in students’ academic success, the question then becomes how to help working parents stay abreast of what their child does when they are apart.”(more)

Benefits of early education found to persist for years, bolstering graduation, reducing retention, and reducing special education placements

India New England News – Bary Walsh

“We know that early childhood education is a good thing, but even with growing enrollments and public investment, debate periodically erupts about the specific benefits of early education and whether those benefits last or fade away over time. Whenever a study finds smaller-than-expected impacts, a new round of questioning begins. A new study may finally signal the end of the “does early ed work?” debate, uncovering significant evidence that the positive effects of early childhood education persist for years.”(more)

Preschool program helps boost skills necessary for academic achievement

Science Daily – Staff Writer

“Children growing up in poverty face many challenges, but a preschool program that aims to improve social and emotional skills may help increase their focus and improve learning in the classroom, according to researchers. Researchers observed two groups of children from preschool through third grade. One group participated in the Head Start REDI (Research-based, Developmentally Informed) program and the other did not. Each year, the researchers measured the students’ executive function (EF) — skills that help children focus, control their impulses, remember details, and other skills essential in the classroom.”(more)

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)