Below are resources for early childhood professionals and those serving the early childhood community.
Colorado – As 4-Year-Old Preschool Programs Become the Norm, Denver Looks to Reach 3-Year-Olds Next Denver district officials say they hope to add 500 new preschool seats for 3-year-olds if the statewide ballot measure, Amendment 73, passes in November. Right now, there are long waitlists for that age group. (Chalkbeat)
Transitions and Alignment From Preschool to Kindergarten This Special Report–focused on early learning and kindergarten–examines effective transition programs and practices, and the importance of alignment across basic pedagogical components.
Mississippi School Leader Focuses on Preschool, Teacher Help State schools Superintendent Carey Wright is focusing her pitch to Mississippi lawmakers for more money on state-funded preschool, more coaches to improve reading instruction, a new statewide computer data system and efforts to help superintendents and principals. (Associated Press via Tampa Bay Times)
Attention all ECE professionals Are you interested in learning more about education policy? Advocating for the needs of your children and families? Are you looking for a unique leadership opportunity? Teach Plus is now accepting applications for their Early Childhood Educator Fellowship. Fellows will received a stipend of $1,600 while learning about and getting engaged in ECE policy discussions. Applications are due October 28. Learn more and apply today!
Preschool Number Sense Routine Perfect for Transitions Moving from one activity to another just got a lot more mathematical with this simple routine that builds early number sense with preschoolers. This dot card transition requires only index cards with 1 to 4 dots in various arrangements. Much more powerful than traditional numeral flashcards, dot cards focus children on the cardinal amount of a set of dots, while connecting the number word to its quantity.
How to Boost Math Skills in the Early Grades This article examines steps taken by a Chicago-area school to address math skills in the early grades, particularly in regards to English-language learners. (The Hechinger Report)
Three Practices and Three Policies Indispensable for Quality Pre-K A new resource provided by the Alliance for Early Success is tailored towards politicians and policymakers. It distills research and reflects on common ground for improving preschool in America. (New America)