Early-Childhood Research

Early math programs add support, research suggests.
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Mathematics What the Research Says These Early Math Supports Translated to Gains Later on for Vulnerable Students
A new study shows how a combination of preschool and kindergarten math supports led to better achievement and less absenteeism in 3rd grade.
Sarah D. Sparks, December 10, 2021
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Pre-K teacher Vera Csizmadia teaches 3-and 4-year-old students in her classroom at the Dr. Charles Smith Early Childhood Center in Palisades Park, N.J. on Sept. 16, 2021.
Pre-K teacher Vera Csizmadia teaches 3- and 4-year-old students in her classroom at the Dr. Charles Smith Early Childhood Center in Palisades Park, N.J., last month.
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Early Childhood What the Research Says Preschool Enrollment Has Plunged: What That Means for School Readiness
Census data confirm that more than a million young children missed preschool during the pandemic, putting school readiness at risk.
Sarah D. Sparks, October 25, 2021
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Two students wearing masks and backpacks in front of lockers.
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Student Well-Being Masks Won't Slow Language for Kids If There's Plenty of Face Time at Home, Expert Says
While masks may decrease facial cues, it's too early to know for sure how wearing masks might affect speech and language, an expert says.
Ed Stannard, New Haven Register (New Haven, Conn.), August 23, 2021
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Image shows preschool boy wearing a protective face mask with a marker in hand.
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Early Childhood What the Research Says Starting School After the Pandemic: Youngest Students Will Need Foundational Skills
The earliest grades saw the biggest enrollment drops in 2020-21. Experts say these students will need significant help come fall.
Sarah D. Sparks, June 21, 2021
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Early Childhood Live Online Discussion The Impact of the Coronavirus on Early-Childhood Learning
Early-childhood learning plays an important role in a child's development, but what once focused mostly on play and relationship building has evolved into a more academic-focused experience. What have we learned from this development? And
February 24, 2021
Science Storytime, Meet Number Play: Early Math in the Home Matters for Later Skills
Preschool-age children who frequently play number-related games at home show better math skills and growth by the end of kindergarten, finds a new study in the journal Child Development.
Sarah D. Sparks, February 10, 2020
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Early Childhood Video Academic Redshirting, and Why It’s Not So Simple
Academic redshirting has benefits and disadvantages on a child’s development that parents should keep in mind.
August 27, 2019
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Early Childhood How's Your Local Head Start Performing? Sampling Classrooms May Not Be Enough
Individual Head Start classrooms vary enough in quality that the ratings of more than a third of centers could change by random chance, a new study finds. The results suggest those looking to improve the early education centers need to target support to individual teachers, not just to whole-school training.
Sarah D. Sparks, July 18, 2019
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School & District Management Like Father, Like Son: Preschool Benefits Cross Generations, Says Landmark Study
More than 50 years after research began on the Perry Preschool program, the ongoing study finds that the benefits are crossing generations. Can preschool break the poverty cycle?
Sarah D. Sparks, May 14, 2019
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Early Childhood State-Funded Pre-K Sees Slow Enrollment Growth, Says New National Report
It would take years at the current growth rate for state-funded preschool to enroll half of the nation's 4-year-olds, the National Institute for Early Education Reseach says.
Christina A. Samuels, April 17, 2019
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Early Childhood Algebra for 3rd Graders?
When it comes to algebra, new research at the American Educational Research Association suggests you can't start too early.
Sarah D. Sparks, April 8, 2019
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Early Childhood New Report Ranks Which States Give Babies the Strongest Start in Life
A new report ranks the best and worst states for babies based on how those children fare in terms of health, strong families and opportunities for early learning.
Marva Hinton, March 1, 2019
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Early Childhood Reading Aloud and 'Exergaming': A Roundup of Early-Years Research
Two recent studies take a look at how often parents are reading to young children and the impact of exercise-related video games on boosting preschoolers physical activity.
Marva Hinton, February 19, 2019
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Early Childhood Child Care Provides Nearly $100 Billion Economic Impact, New Report Finds
A new report by the Committee for Economic Development finds that in addition to allowing parents to work, child care itself has a big economic footprint.
Marva Hinton, February 11, 2019
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