Early Childhood

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IsaBella Johnson, 5, makes the base of a pirate ship during her free choice activity time at Pleasant Grove Elementary School in Heflin, Ala. Entry assessments for kindergartners helped the school adjust instruction, including the incorporation of more time for play and developing social skills.
—Tamika Moore for Education Week

Kindergarten Assessments Begin to Shape Instruction

Schools are looking for ways they can use the kindergarten entry tools to tailor classroom practices with children's academic, social, and physical development needs in mind. (October 10, 2017)

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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.

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Spotlight on Early-Childhood Education

In this Spotlight, learn how schools are using kindergarten assessments to shape instruction, targeting early educators for professional development in math, and developing elementary students into global citizens.

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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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Kindergarten students in 2010 started school with more math and literacy skills than kindergartners did just 12 years earlier. What changed in that time?

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Parents who lack a strong foundation in science themselves need more support to guide their children's early-science learning, writes researcher Naomi Hupert.
July 19, 2018 – Education Week
A comparison of states' preschool enrollment and test scores, and a deeper look at Tennessee's pre-K program bolster arguments that prekindergarten is not the primary solution to closing the achievement gap.
July 18, 2018 – Education Week
Getting a more accurate enrollment count for the start of the school year is just one way that Head Start centers use data to improve operations.
June 20, 2018 – Education Week
Jefferson County schools in Kentucky gave up a $15 million grant after 30 years and instead will spend $8 million to start a district-run early-childhood program.
June 13, 2018 – Education Week
Findings from the national survey include significant support for a unified and aligned system of early-childhood education from birth to age 8.
May 30, 2018 – Education Week
Early exposure is crucial, but finding teachers with strong preparation remains challenging.
May 23, 2018 – Education Week
Federal aid offers a lifeline for local organizations providing after-school programming, but providers remain concerned about the future of the $1.2 billion 21st Century Community Learning Center program.
May 16, 2018 – Education Week
A trove of federal civil rights data has, for the first time, captured a snapshot of the controversial practice of paddling of preschoolers in the nation's public schools.
May 8, 2018 – Education Week
New research shows that early-childhood programs can't be seen as a one-shot inoculation that will sustain children throughout their academic careers.
May 2, 2018 – Education Week
Without rigorous research that accurately reflects the current population, early education won't deliver for all students, write two education researchers.
February 14, 2018 – Education Week

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