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Pacchiano, Debra M.; Wagner, Maureen R.; Lewandowski, Holly – Ounce of Prevention Fund, 2019
Young children are gaining access to and enrolling in preschool programs across the country in increasing numbers. Unfortunately, the quality of these programs varies tremendously. The highest quality programs disproportionately serve children from the most advantaged homes. By contrast, lower quality and less effective programs disproportionately…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Educational Quality, Program Effectiveness, Disadvantaged
Pacchiano, Debra M.; Wagner, Maureen R.; Lewandowski, Holly – Ounce of Prevention Fund, 2018
Extensive evidence demonstrates that high-quality early childhood education (ECE) positively impacts the learning trajectories of children. Yet many early childhood programs struggle to implement high-quality programming, failing to sufficiently advance children's early learning. A growing body of research demonstrates that strong organizational…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Educational Practices, Educational Improvement, Educational Quality
Connors, Maia; Farwig, Angela; Kenefick, Beth; Wagner, Maureen; Pacchiano, Debra – Ounce of Prevention Fund, 2018
This brief report outlines policy approaches that have the potential to strengthen the organizational conditions of early care and education (ECE) programs as a means to quality improvement. The ultimate goal is to enhance the ability of all ECE programs to support young children's learning and development by improving the quality of teaching and…
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Educational Quality, Educational Policy, Early Childhood Education
Pacchiano, Debra M.; Wagner, Maureen R.; Lewandowski, Holly – Ounce of Prevention Fund, 2018
The new Early Education Essentials measurement system, developed by the Ounce of Prevention Fund (Ounce) and the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research (UChicago Consortium), offers the field a reliable and valid way to measure, attend to and strengthen these conditions critical to improvement. This innovative resource includes…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Preschool Education, Educational Improvement, Teacher Surveys
Pacchiano, Debra; Klein, Rebecca; Hawley, Marsha Shigeyo – Ounce of Prevention Fund, 2016
Despite concerted efforts to improve children's learning by improving classrooms, results have been lackluster. There is a growing understanding that a sole focus on teachers and classrooms is insufficient. Yet, the field has not systematically explored how to help early childhood education settings become organizations designed for powerful…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Instructional Leadership, Professional Development, Organizational Culture
Pacchiano, Debra; Klein, Rebecca; Hawley, Marsha Shigeyo – Ounce of Prevention Fund, 2016
Improving classroom teaching improves children's learning outcomes. In pursuit of those goals, the early education field has made substantial investments aimed at increasing the quality of classroom environments and teacher-child interactions. Yet, in publicly funded programs across the country, the quality of instruction remains low and…
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Faculty Development, Instructional Improvement, Workplace Learning
Bires, Carie; Garcia, Carmen; Zhu, Julia – Ounce of Prevention Fund, 2015
Homelessness has a devastating impact on children. Research has shown that homelessness puts children at increased risk of health problems, developmental delays, academic underachievement and mental health problems. Homelessness also has a disproportionate impact on the youngest children, who account for more than half of all children in…
Descriptors: Homeless People, At Risk Persons, Child Development, Young Children
Fisher, Brooke; Hanson, Ann; Raden, Tony – Ounce of Prevention Fund, 2014
Every child deserves a fair chance. A chance to learn, grow, explore possibilities, persevere and achieve his or her potential. The Ounce of Prevention Fund believes that no child's potential should be limited by poor health. Good health in early childhood is an essential component of school readiness. The benefits of health and learning are…
Descriptors: Child Development, Poverty, Minority Groups, Social Justice
Fisher, Brooke; Hanson, Ann; Raden, Tony – Ounce of Prevention Fund, 2014
Every child deserves a fair chance. A chance to learn, grow, explore possibilities, persevere and achieve his or her potential. Yet many children in America, particularly children who live in poverty or are racial or ethnic minorities, face inequitable conditions that reduce their chances of leading healthy lives. These conditions lead to…
Descriptors: Child Development, Poverty, Minority Groups, Social Justice