Below are resources for early childhood professionals and those serving the early childhood community.

Best Practices in K-3 Reading. The Institute of Education Sciences released a new Educator’s Practice Guide to help early elementary readers. The report names four recommendations for teaching phonological awareness, fluency, vocabulary, and other academic language skills.

Webinar: Preschool to Kindergarten: Successfully Navigating the Transition. Educators need knowledge, skills, and confidence to implement successful transition practices. On August 2, 2016, from 3:30-5 p.m. EDT, the Regional Educational Laboratory Southwest will be hosting a webinar titled Preschool to Kindergarten: Successfully Navigating the Transition, to provide participants access to current research on the importance of the transition from prekindergarten to kindergarten programs and what quality transition planning looks like.

Three ways to help end the disconnect between pre-k and early elementary education.
A new op-ed, authored by Alyssa Auck, a policy researcher at Education Commission of the States, and published by The Hechinger ReportThree ways to help end the disconnect between pre-k and early elementary education, discusses a new 50-State Comparison and Companion Report released by Education Commission of the States and highlights key areas related to pre-k and early elementary education.

Making the Case for Science-Based Innovation in Early Childhood. The Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University released this inspirational and compelling video supporting the early childhood field.

50-State Comparison: K-3 Quality and Companion Report. The new 50-State Comparison: K-3 Quality from Education Commission of the States explores key state-level policies that impact the quality of K-3 programs. The Companion Report for this 50-State Comparison highlights significant research findings in key K-3 policy areas.

Despite Advances in Early Ed Research, Teacher Pay Lags Far Behind.
Earnings in the early education field remain strikingly low when compared to other teachers, two new studies show – and that, in turn, is harming the learning environments that many young students encounter at an age that research increasingly shows is a key period of child development. (KPCC, July 11).

The Road to High-Quality Early Learning: Lessons from the States.
Although there’s considerable research on the elements of high-quality preschool and its many benefits, particularly for low-income children and English learners, there’s little information available to policymakers about how to convert their visions of good early education into on-the-ground reality. This report presented by the Learning Policy Institute analyzes how four states—Michigan, West Virginia, Washington and North Carolina—have built high-quality early education systems.