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ERIC Number: ED559264
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Nov
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Early Learning: Birth to Third Grade Continuum. Annotated Bibliography
Hite, Jenny
Southern Regional Education Board (SREB)
Recent studies indicate that persistent achievement gaps among children begin as early as 18 months, years before most publicly funded prekindergarten programs offer enrollment. Early childhood development necessitates more than access to pre-K at age four. Proper brain development requires adequate nutrition, access to quality healthcare, and other early interventions to promote social, emotional, and physical well-being. Likewise, research supports such a holistic approach to early education--including recommendations to states on implementing parent engagement opportunities, early literacy interventions and home visiting programs--to ensure that every child enters school ready to learn. Policy-makers should look for ways to align these programs from birth through third grade to ease the transition into school, especially for at-risk children. The studies presented in this annotated bibliography provide a sampling of research on policy topics with nationwide applicability. The studies are organized into the following topics: (1) The need to begin earlier to prepare children for school; (2) Alignment of state-funded early childhood education efforts with K-12 systems; and (3) Importance of early intervention through parent engagement and home visiting programs in school readiness.
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Publication Type: Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board