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 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.
Data: Kindergartners Enter More Ready in Math and Literacy, Researchers Say
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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Educational technology in the classrooms of young children is here to stay. Now, the challenge is making sure it is used appropriately. Belmont Hills Elementary School in Pennsylvania uses technology in the classroom.
January 8, 2015 – Education Week
One-third of the 4.3 million 3- and 4-year-olds who are not enrolled in school across the nation live in four large states.
January 8, 2015 – Education Week
Three-fourths of the nation's kindergartners attend full-day programs.
January 8, 2015 – Education Week
In a polarized policy environment, educators work to assure a strong start and sustained momentum for children from preschool onward.
January 8, 2015 – Quality Counts
There's little disagreement nationally about the importance of early-childhood education, but settling on the right approach to funding and policy approaches is a different matter.
January 8, 2015 – Quality Counts
Researchers are gaining new insights into how children learn from a rich history of studies of preschool programs in the past 50 years.
January 8, 2015 – Quality Counts
An ambitious push for university pre-K in the nation's largest public school system adds seats to programs in public schools and in community programs, as well as extending existing half-day spots.
January 8, 2015 – Quality Counts
Quality Counts' new Early Education Index assesses participation in early-education programs and services, as well as equity and enrollment trends across the states.
January 8, 2015 – Quality Counts
The collection and use of data about just how prepared individual children are to enter kindergarten can be a ticklish proposition.
January 8, 2015 – Quality Counts
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

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