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ERIC Number: ED529640
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Feb-16
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 23
Building Blocks for a Strong Preschool to Early Elementary Education System. Testimony. CT-372
Karoly, Lynn A.
RAND Corporation
This testimony was presented before the Committe of the Whole Council of the District of Columbia on February 16, 2012. Experts in child development have long known that the earliest years of a child's life are a critical period of development across a range of domains: physical, socio-emotional, behavioral, and cognitive (Shonkoff and Phillips, 2000). Advances in brain science further demonstrate that there are important physiological processes taking place, starting in utero and continuing through the first years of life, that shape the neural networks in the brain responsible for cognition, emotions, and executive function (Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, 2007, 2011). This process of early development lays a critical foundation for school readiness and educational progress in elementary school and beyond. These strands of research have prompted leaders in government, education, and business to take notice of policies that support or hinder children's development during these critical early years. This testimony highlights the differences in school readiness, the potential for high quality early learning experiences to prepare children for success in school, and the core building blocks of strong P-3 systems that address readiness gaps and support children's development as they progress through the early elementary grades. (Contains 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Preschool Education; Primary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: RAND Corporation
Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia