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Gong, Xin; Wang, Pengcheng – Current Issues in Comparative Education, 2017
This study provides a comparative analysis of the pre-service education system for preschool educators in China and the United States. Based on collected data and materials (literature, policy documents, and statistical data), we compare two areas of pre-service training: (1) the formal system; (2) the informal system. In the formal system, most…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Comparative Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers
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Barrow, Lisa; Markman-Pithers, Lisa – Future of Children, 2016
Simply put, children with poor English skills are less likely to succeed in school and beyond. What's the best way to teach English to young children who aren't native English speakers? In this article, Lisa Barrow and Lisa Markman-Pithers examine the state of English learner education in the United States and review the evidence behind different…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Teaching Methods, Bilingualism, Bilingual Education
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De Bruin-Parecki, Andrea; Slutzky, Carly – ETS Research Report Series, 2016
Currently in the United States, 50 states, 5 territories, and the District of Columbia have established prekindergarten (pre-K) age 4 learning standards that are intended to outline skills and knowledge that set children on a path to success in kindergarten and upcoming grades. These standards are emphasized as a centralizing force in early…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Academic Standards, Skill Development, School Readiness
Peterson, Abigail – Online Submission, 2013
Forest kindergartens are a new idea in the United States but have been around in Germany, Norway, and other European countries for decades. Forest "kindergartens" are preschools for children ages 3-6 and focus on being outdoors and learning through interacting with nature. Instead of building with blocks or doing puzzles at a table…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Best Practices, Guidelines, Preschool Education
America's Promise Alliance (NJ1), 2011
America's Promise's ReadyNation initiative has released this brief, which "makes the case" to business leaders on why investing in early childhood should be important to them. The brief includes "how-to" tips, helpful statistics and more.
Descriptors: Young Children, Human Capital, Business, Leadership
Cox, Kathy M. – ProQuest LLC, 2010
Purpose: The purpose of this case study was to identify the actions taken by public school districts to develop, implement, and maintain inclusive preschool programs. Further, this study compared the inclusive preschools' main components to the components identified by Buysse et al. (2001) and the components recommended by the Division of Early…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Team Training, Disabilities, Preschool Children
Slabodnik-Rivas, Kathryn – ProQuest LLC, 2010
The purpose of this study was to examine the value of mentoring techniques as perceived by beginning teachers. One specific school district in Southern California using the Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment (BTSA) program was the focus of this study. There were 12 beginning teachers involved in their second year of the BTSA program. The…
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Mentors, Elementary School Teachers, Beginning Teacher Induction
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French, Robert – Young Children, 2010
Low pay, meager benefits, poor morale, and high turnover impact the daily experience of many early childhood educators in the United States. While public spending in early childhood education has substantially increased in recent years, it has mainly fueled expansion, not quality enhancement to help programs attract, compensate, and retain…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Educational Attainment, Young Children, Standards
Throughout 2009, ZERO TO THREE worked to keep individuals informed of important and innovative policy developments happening throughout the country. This past year included many historic ups and downs--new and energetic faces arrived in the White House, Congress, and state governments ready to move this nation forward, and this nation entered an…
Descriptors: Infants, Toddlers, Economic Climate, Early Childhood Education
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Hernandez, Donald J.; Denton, Nancy A.; Macartney, Suzanne E. – Journal of Latinos and Education, 2007
This article presents a demographic portrait of young Hispanic children compared to young non-Hispanic Whites. New results from Census 2000 describe family and economic circumstances of children aged 08, as well as pre-K/nursery school and kindergarten enrollment for the United States, and for the 9 states with the largest number of young Hispanic…
Descriptors: Whites, Nursery Schools, Hispanic Americans, Young Children
DiLauro, Elizabeth; Jones, Lynn; Nelson, Florence – ZERO TO THREE, 2007
This article summarizes state and community policy activities during the first six months of 2007 and provides updates of the progress to serve infants, toddlers, and their families. The following states are included in the report: (1) Arkansas; (2) California; (3) Indiana; (4) Iowa; (5) Michigan; (6) Minnesota; (7) New York; (8) Ohio; (9)…
Descriptors: Counties, Early Intervention, Infants, Toddlers
Norton, Yolanda – ZERO TO THREE, 2006
This article summarizes state and community policy activities during the final six months of 2006 and provides updates of the progress to serve infants, toddlers, and their families. The following states are included in the report: (1) Rhode Island; (2) Virginia; (3) New York; (4) Pennsylvania; (5) Nebraska; (6) Ohio; (7) Washington; (8) Arizona;…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Public Policy, Infants, Toddlers
Whitebook, Marcy; Bellm, Dan – Center for the Study of Child Care Employment, 2005
In the United States, the early care and education (ECE) field has long faced many challenges in attracting and maintaining the skilled and stable workforce it needs. High staff turnover prevails in the field, often fueled by poor compensation as well as limited opportunities for professional development and recognition. At the same time, in an…
Descriptors: School Readiness, Brain, Early Childhood Education, Program Design
Bryant, Donna; Clifford, Dick; Early, Diane; Little, Loyd – FPG Child Development Institute, University of North Carolina, 2005
State-funded pre-Kindergarten is a growing phenomenon in the United States. The majority of 4-year-olds now spend time every weekday in care outside of their home and many of these children are being served in preschool classrooms funded with state education dollars. The public strongly supports such programs and there is generally bipartisan…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, State Aid, Preschool Children, Student Characteristics
Zepeda, Marlene; Varela, Frances; Morales, Alex – UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families and Communities, 2004
In 2003, the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) released a "Strategic Plan for Early Childhood Health." In recognition of the critical role states play in the development of early childhood initiatives and of the unique contributions that state Title V programs can make to these initiatives, the Bureau operationalized their…
Descriptors: Child Rearing, Child Health, Young Children, Strategic Planning