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Baldwin, Kathryn; Wilson, Allison – Science and Children, 2017
Having high-quality early childhood education programs that prepare children for success in school and later years continues to be an ever increasing national priority. While the "Next Generation Science Standards" ("NGSS") do not provide standards for preschool, there are ample opportunities to use the Standards as a guide to…
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Outdoor Education, Earth Science, Science Process Skills
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Hamren, Kim; Quigley, Suzanne – Volta Review, 2012
Listen and Talk is an early intervention and preschool program based in Seattle, Washington, that provides auditory-verbal education and therapy to children with hearing loss and their families. In addition, staff members provide consultations with public and private schools across the state. The mission of Listen and Talk is to teach children who…
Descriptors: Coaching (Performance), Parents, Distance Education, Videoconferencing
Nyhan, Paul – Foundation for Child Development, 2011
The New School Foundation was not born from a commission, legislative mandate, research project, think tank, or even the mind of a leading education scholar. One of Washington state's pioneering PreK-3rd initiatives began as the brainchild of a wealthy Seattle businessman, Stuart Sloan, 20 years ago. The New School Foundation and its ideas were…
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Public Schools, Educational Change, Early Childhood Education
Marietta, Geoff – Foundation for Child Development, 2010
Leading change to create an integrated PreK-3rd education and connect early learning programs with the K-12 system is not easy. Superintendents require courage to take the first step, persistence and political skills to encourage organizational and community engagement, and a relentless focus on results to measure progress and build momentum. As a…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Learning Readiness, Academic Persistence, High School Graduates
Stark, Deborah Roderick – Pew Center on the States, 2010
Family members are a child's first and most important teachers. A growing body of research demonstrates that when families are actively engaged in their child's learning, children are better prepared for school and achieve at higher levels. Increased participation by families in pre-kindergarten programs has also been linked to greater academic…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, State Policy, Educational Policy, Family School Relationship
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Youngquist, Joan; Martinez-Griego, Barbara – Young Children, 2009
Skagit/Islands Head Start (SIHS) in Washington State has always taken pride in its high-quality learning program. But in spring 2002, a problem was discovered: the child assessments from 13 centers serving children from birth to age 5 indicated that although Spanish-speaking 3-year-olds entered with language and literacy skills at a level similar…
Descriptors: Speech Communication, Disadvantaged Youth, Literacy, Guidance
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Heydon, Rachel; Daly, Bridget – Young Children, 2008
Intergenerational (IG) programming creates a means for meaningful and relevant experiences and interactions between participants. Focusing on child participants and art programming, this article describes an accordion book project. Vignettes highlight some of the project's learning opportunities and interactions for elders and young children.
Descriptors: Intergenerational Programs, Young Children, Vignettes, Educational Opportunities
Washington State Department of Early Learning, 2008
This report from the Washington State Department of Early Learning (DEL) describes some of the Department's work since it's creation in July 2006. Among other achievements, the Department has laid a strong foundation for raising the quality of child care and the state's preschool program, strengthened both the safety in and the reach of early…
Descriptors: State Departments of Education, Early Childhood Education, Child Care, Preschool Education
Ewen, Danielle; Matthews, Hannah – Center for Law and Social Policy, Inc. (CLASP), 2007
This paper explores the range of ways in which school districts are using Title I funds for early education through kindergarten and examines how the implementation of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) has impacted those investments. It also makes recommendations for local education agencies (LEAs) interested in creating Title I-funded early education…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Federal Legislation, Second Language Learning, Young Children
Grantmakers for Education, 2006
Gaps in academic achievement between students from various racial and ethnic groups and from low-income families are a cause for national concern. The advent of high stakes testing and the increased awareness of high dropout rates have rekindled the search for ways to help all children succeed in school. Many strategies to address lagging…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Gap, Ethnic Groups, Systems Approach
Library Journal, 2005
Judy Nelson thinks it's important to understand what the community wants for its young people, "which means lots of listening." We need to give taxpayers more good reasons to support libraries, she says, and the community's problems and unmet needs are opportunities for libraries to be an integral part of the solution. One problem Nelson…
Descriptors: Urban Areas, Disadvantaged Youth, Public Libraries, Motor Vehicles