Early Childhood

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Quality Counts 2015: Preparing to Launch
Quality Counts is Education Week's annual report on state-level efforts to improve public education. This 19th edition of the report delves into early-childhood education.

Spotlight on Elementary Math

In this Spotlight, see how schools are taking new approaches to teaching fractions, developing young learners’ spatial and task skills, and opening new doors to math learning.

Map: Kindergarten Participation

Three-fourths of the nation's kindergartners attend full-day programs. Click the map to find enrollment numbers for your state.

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States press to ensure that students from kindergarten on get the literacy support they need to meet 3rd grade reading milestones.
January 8, 2015 – Quality Counts
Researchers should pinpoint what works best for students in today’s more academic kindergartens, says Heather E. Quick.
January 8, 2015 – Quality Counts
For educational conditions and outcomes to improve for Native youths, early-childhood programs must consider cultural diversity, writes Susan C. Faircloth.
January 8, 2015 – Quality Counts
There should be a stronger connection between research, what’s happening in schools, and pre-K-3 initiatives, Laura Bornfreund writes.
January 8, 2015 – Quality Counts
When weighing its costs against its benefits, universal preschool does not add up, David J. Armor says.
January 8, 2015 – Quality Counts
The most useful and appropriate classroom technology can change as children move up the academic ladder from pre-K to 3rd grade.
January 8, 2015 – Quality Counts
Education and business leaders concluded that a universal, full-day early-education program will provide a valuable return for the community.
January 8, 2015 – Quality Counts
In an unusual funding approach, the Granite school district is betting that pre-K programs will save money by keeping capable, but disadvantaged, students from needing special education services later on.
January 8, 2015 – Quality Counts
Federal, state, and local programs provide support for early-childhood education, ranging from sweeping initiatives that deal with readiness and whole-family issues to targeted school-based efforts.
January 8, 2015 – Quality Counts
While it's easy to see how a low-flying jet can impede student learning, quieter classroom sounds can also be disruptive.
January 7, 2015 – Education Week

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