Early Education / Preschool / Plus

Early EducationThe team is keeping an eye on what various organizations are doing, particularly regarding funding.  Requirements for a preschool includes training and credentialing teachers, having a curriculum — which is complete for California — location, and the fiscal ability to expand into excellent existing programs.

Some useful links include:

 

California Head Start Association, Articles about the pre-K movement, including latest laws and opinions.

Early Edge California, Facts on how California political education landscape, fact sheets, articles on early learning and education, and breaking news.

First Five California, Learn about state activities to bring children’s health and education to top priority status.  Created under Proposition 10 in 1998.

First Five Alameda, Programs helping Alameda County kids in their development up to age 5.

Early Head Start, Federal program. Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center.  Resource for those planning a preschool program.

National Institute for Early Education Research – Find reports, briefs, journal articles about preschool aged children.  Website is through Rutgers Graduate School of Education.

Urban Institute – This Institute was founded in 1968 by President Lyndon Johnson during the “War on Poverty.”  Includes analysis of urban issues – Go to the pull down menu: click on Research, then to Children, where you can read about Head Start, Child Care, School Roles, Family, and more.

TED Talk on Infant Learning.  Patricia Kuhl shares astonishing findings about how babies learn one language over another — by listening to the humans around them and “taking statistics” on the sounds they need to know. Clever lab experiments (and brain scans) show how 6-month-old babies use sophisticated reasoning to understand their world. (Filmed at TEDxRainier.)

For Creative Problem Solving, Why Young Kids can Outwit College Students.  More news about Psychologist Alison Gopnik’s study of preschool children and their problem solving abilities.  She is a professor at UC Berkeley.  League members met her at the Annual Meeting on May 22nd, when she spoke on this topic.

Reading Rockets Launching Young Readers.  This is a PBS series of 30 minutes TV programs  that explore the stages of learning to read. Takes a look at different strategies based on the most recent reading research. For parents, teachers, caregivers or anyone else interested in helping children learn to read.

Information

Developing Early Literacy: Report of the National Early Literacy Panel. Read the report from 2006.

National Reading Panel. Often cited report from April 2000.

The Wallace Foundation. Timely reports on education issues for download.  Their mission is “to better the lives of disadvantage children in America’s urban areas and foster the vitality of the arts for all.”