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Dawes, Andrew; Biersteker, Linda; Girdwood, Elizabeth; Snelling, Matthew; Tredoux, C. G. – Childhood Education, 2018
In 2015, Innovation Edge commissioned the development of South Africa's first national-level preschool child assessment tool. The project's key innovations were that the tool should fairly assess children from across the cultural and socio-economic spectrum, be inexpensive in terms of equipment and administration costs, and be administered in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Emergent Literacy, Child Development
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Evans, Leanne M.; Avila, Antonieta – Childhood Education, 2016
Language is one of the most important drivers of children's socialization and development of a sense of belonging within their school, community, and culture. For bilingual and multicultural children in particular, language plays a critical role in the development of their identity. If emergent language learners do not feel confident in their…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Bilingual Education, Multicultural Education, Scientific Literacy
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Han, Jisu; Neuharth-Pritchett, Stacey – Childhood Education, 2014
Research shows that home environments play a critical role in developing children's early literacy skills. Given the importance of developing early literacy skills to bolster children's chances for subsequent academic success, this article highlights the role of parent-child shared book reading. Summarizing research on different types of…
Descriptors: Interaction, Parent Child Relationship, Preschool Children, Oral Reading
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Sylvester, Ruth; Kragler, Sherry – Childhood Education, 2013
Despite significant investments over the past decade in the expansion and improvement of preschool programs, too many children, particularly poor children, enter kindergarten behind their peers. Because it is critical that voluntary pre-kindergarten (VPK) classrooms offer educational programs that both address the needs and developmental levels of…
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Concept Formation, Misconceptions, Preschool Education
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Di Santo, Aurelia – Childhood Education, 2012
Literacy programs often target preschool children who are from minority groups, are from low socioeconomic backgrounds, and are second language learners, as they are deemed to be at risk for academic difficulties. The family literacy program described in this article is unique in that it focuses on families who have an additional risk…
Descriptors: Educational Opportunities, Risk, Family Literacy, Emergent Literacy