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Kirmani, Mubina Hassanali – Young Children, 2007
All deserve an early childhood education that is responsive to their families, communities, and racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds. For young children to experience optimum learning, early childhood professionals must be prepared to meet children's diverse developmental, cultural, linguistic, and educational needs. Remembering her son's…
Descriptors: Educational Needs, Inclusive Schools, Early Childhood Education, Young Children
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Obeng, Cecilia Sem – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2007
The author examines childcare preferences of African immigrant parents living in the United States. Based on interviews with eighteen parents with preschool-aged children and working within Bryman, Lewis-Beck, and Liao's (2004) narrative inquiry, the author demonstrates that although many of the African immigrants surveyed for the study preferred…
Descriptors: Immigrants, Parent Attitudes, Child Care, Cultural Influences
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Byrne, Brian; Samuelsson, Stefan; Wadsworth, Sally; Hulslander, Jacqueline; Corley, Robin; DeFries, John C.; Quain, Peter; Willcutt, Erik G.; Olson, Richard K. – Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 2007
Grade 1 literacy skills of twin children in Australia (New South Wales) and the United States (Colorado) were explored in a genetically sensitive design (N = 319 pairs). Analyses indicated strong genetic influence on word and nonword identification, reading comprehension, and spelling. Rapid naming showed more modest, though reliable, genetic…
Descriptors: Longitudinal Studies, Emergent Literacy, Preschool Children, Kindergarten
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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
Smith, Linda K. – Exchange: The Early Childhood Leaders' Magazine Since 1978, 2007
Child Care Resource and Referral agencies (CCR&Rs) are one of the major vehicles in the United States for providing training to child care providers. The quality of care children receive in child care settings is due, in large part, to the effectiveness of the training child care providers receive from CCR&Rs and other community…
Descriptors: Disadvantaged Youth, Workshops, Safety, Occupational Mobility
Carter, Margie – Exchange: The Early Childhood Leaders' Magazine Since 1978, 2007
The Italian Schools of Reggio Emilia are acclaimed for the stunning environments their educators have created, provoking us to recognize the instructive power of an environment. Their schools vibrantly exemplify learning environments that dazzle the senses, invite curiosity and discovery, and foster strong, respectful relationships. Unlike…
Descriptors: Goal Orientation, Classroom Environment, Rating Scales, Reggio Emilia Approach
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Szecsi, Tunde – Childhood Education, 2007
During the past six months the author was fortunate to travel to Hungary three times. Although all three trips had different purposes, they had one thing in common: professional conversations between colleagues from Hungary and the United States. In this article, the author would like to provide a short overview of these visits, which resulted in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Cultural Awareness, Intercultural Programs, Learning Experience
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Blessington, John P. – Montessori Life: A Publication of the American Montessori Society, 2007
The role of the Skalel family and their founding of Whitby School in 1958 were the spark that started the Montessori movement in the United States. Ann Skalel was impressed with the Montessori method, having seen it in practice in Ireland, that she wanted to start such a school in Greenwich, CT for her grandchildren. Tragically, Skalel and her…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Montessori Schools, Montessori Method, Catholics
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Logue, Mary E. – Children & Schools, 2007
Many children come to kindergarten with insufficient social skills to participate in the activities necessary for academic achievement. Children enrolled in prekindergarten programs across the United States are expelled at higher rates than older students. Boys are expelled 4 1/2 times more often than girls. When children excluded from…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Kindergarten, Socialization, Young Children
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Goldstein, Lisa S. – Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 2007
This article presents findings from a qualitative study of two kindergarten teachers' responses to the professional demands posed by recent shifts in national and state education policies in the United States. Although the literature has framed the practical challenges resulting from these changing expectations in terms of curricular/instructional…
Descriptors: Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Kindergarten, Academic Standards, Educational Change
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LoCasale-Crouch, Jennifer; Konold, Tim; Pianta, Robert; Howes, Carollee; Burchinal, Margaret; Bryant, Donna; Clifford, Richard; Early, Diane; Barbarin, Oscar – Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 2007
In the past decade in the United States, pre-kindergarten programs for four year olds have expanded rapidly as a potentially powerful intervention intended to promote school readiness for children at-risk for future school failure. This paper describes in detail multi-dimensional profiles of observed quality across 692 classrooms in 11 states…
Descriptors: Teacher Characteristics, Profiles, School Readiness, Poverty
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Pang, Yanhui; Richey, Dean – Early Child Development and Care, 2007
In this article the preschool education in China and the United States are compared, based on the factors that influence the preschool education in each country as well as the characteristics of the preschool education in each culture. The preschool education in both countries has its strengths and weaknesses, which result from their respective…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preschool Education, Classroom Environment, Comparative Analysis
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Allen, Megan; Staley, Lynn – Young Children, 2007
Military deployment is a temporary assignment overseas or within the United States. During these assignments, families must live apart from their loved one in the service. Many teachers are unfamiliar with the unique lifestyle and challenges faced by families during military deployment. A safe and caring learning environment is essential in…
Descriptors: Caregivers, Coping, Classroom Environment, Military Personnel
Zehr, Mary Ann – Education Week, 2007
Taking a position that is unusual these days, New Jersey officials are promoting research that says bilingual education methods have an edge over English-only methods in teaching English-language learners to read. This article talks about the importance of bilingual education or a blended approach in the implementation of Reading First Program in…
Descriptors: English Only Movement, English (Second Language), Reading Programs, Teaching Methods
McNeil, Michele – Education Week, 2007
This article describes how a 169-page report "Tough Choices or Tough Times" by the New Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce affect the educational and economic stability of the United States. The report says, that the United States is losing ground in the global economy because the nation's education system is failing at…
Descriptors: Global Approach, Public Education, Living Standards, Educational Improvement
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