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A Bird's Eye View of PreK-3rd

April 7, 2011

Lisa Guernsey spoke at a symposium at the Erikson Institute on March 31, 2011 on the landscape of education reform in the context of the early grades of elementary school (including pre-k). The half-day symposium, "Exploring PreK-3rd Grade: A Dialogue on Educational Reform," was hosted by the New Schools Project and the Herr Research Center for Children and Social Policy.

Early Ed: Pennsylvania's Progress Collecting Early Childhood Data

April 5, 2011

One of the Obama Administration's major education initiatives is to encourage states to improve the collection and use of student data from early childhood programs through post secondary schools. Both the Race to the Top and Investing in Innovations competitions, made possible by the America Recovery and Reinvestment Act, prioritized the improvement of data systems.

Your Vote, SRCD 2011: What Would You Like Us to Write About?

April 5, 2011

Every two years, child development experts from around the world gather at a huge meeting convened by the Society for Research in Child Development. Last weekend, SRCD held its latest meeting, and Early Ed Watch was there soaking up new information to report on in future blog posts and to inform our analysis of education policy. Plenty of headlines grabbed our attention, but we couldn't be at every session since hundreds of pieces of research were presented concurrently.

We're betting that you, our readers, have strong feelings about what you may want us to delve into more deeply. So we're asking for your help.* Let us know what you would like us to write about by choosing two sessions from the list of 10 below. Make your choices by midnight on April 12. We'll report on the winners next week and blog about the research over the next month.

Making Sense of the Federal Budget Process

March 8, 2011

It’s never easy to tell a clear story about the federal budget and how it works, but this year the challenge is particularly acute. So we’ve asked one of our experts here at the New America Foundation to help clarify and explain the progress, or lack of progress, that Congress is making in its work on approving a federal budget that will fund programs in early education and other areas.

Podcast: Pennsylvania's Progress Collecting Early Childhood Data

April 5, 2011
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One of the Obama Administration's major education initiatives is to encourage states to improve the collection and use of student data from early childhood programs through post secondary schools. Both the Race to the Top and Investing in Innovations competitions, made possible by the America Recovery and Reinvestment Act, prioritized the improvement of data systems. That stimulus funding also boosted support for the federal State Longitudinal Data System grant program.

Heard In the Forum: Operational Cost of Blending Funding Streams

March 31, 2011
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The first panel discussion at our “Before Birth and Up Through Third Grade” forum was on leveraging public funding, a timely topic for the budget crunches most states, school districts, and individual programs are facing.

The conversation that started during that panel is continuing over in our online discussion space at earlyedforum.newamerica.net.

Podcast: Job Growth Via Early Childhood Investments

March 22, 2011
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Unemployment rates are stagnating around 9.5 percent nationally, and debates rage in states and localities over how to create more jobs for local workers. Early childhood advocates may not see themselves as players in these discussions, but Timothy Bartik would argue otherwise.

With Data Disconnected, States are Unable to Answer Basic Questions on Early Childhood

March 15, 2011
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While states collect quite a bit of data about early childhood programs and the children who participate, meaningful connections are missing and basic questions go unanswered.

This was a key finding of an inaugural state survey conducted by the Early Childhood Data Collaborative (ECDC).*

The Link Between Colleges of Education & Failing Elementary Schools

March 11, 2011

The following is an excerpt from a post at our sister blog, Higher Ed Watch:

For some time now, education schools have come under fire for the quality of teachers they prepare and graduate. Just this fall, multiple critical reports have been released, calling for these programs to improve clinical practice and coursework in the developmental sciences, and better reflect the issues, initiatives and reforms that are becoming more popular in school districts. In addition, U.S. News & World Report and the National Council on Teacher Quality announced a joint effort in January to rate the 1,400 education schools across the country.

Last week, we at the New America Foundation's Early Education Initiative added our own analysis on problems with the preparation and licensing of teachers who work specifically with young children in pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, first-, second- and third-grade classrooms

Podcast: Making Sense of the Federal Budget Process

March 8, 2011
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It’s never easy to tell a clear story about the federal budget and how it works, but this year the challenge is particularly acute. So we’ve asked one of our experts here at the New America Foundation to help clarify and explain the progress, or lack of progress, that Congress is making in its work on approving a federal budget that will fund programs in early education and other areas.

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