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Gerde, Hope K.; Skibbe, Lori E.; Wright, Tanya S.; Douglas, Sarah N. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2019
Writing is a core school readiness skill, yet preschools typically provide children with limited writing opportunities. To consider how curricular materials guide writing instruction, the five most common Head Start curricula were systematically examined in accordance with the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework. Curricula were coded…
Descriptors: Federal Programs, Preschool Children, Preschool Curriculum, Curriculum Evaluation
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Schachter, Rachel E.; Gerde, Hope K.; Hatton-Bowers, Holly – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2019
Engaging teachers of young children in effective in-service professional development is a critical component of establishing high quality early childhood education. However, not all professional development offerings are effective in imparting new knowledge, enhancing teacher practice, or improving child outcomes, making it difficult for teachers…
Descriptors: Guidelines, Early Childhood Education, Faculty Development, Child Development
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Bingham, Gary E.; Quinn, Margaret F.; McRoy, Kyla; Zhang, Xiao; Gerde, Hope K. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2018
Despite the importance of early writing development to children's school success, research documents that early childhood teachers spend little time actively supporting children's writing development in preschool classrooms. This article provides a framework for integrating writing experiences across the early childhood curriculum. Practical…
Descriptors: Preschool Curriculum, Writing Instruction, Play, Learning Activities
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Skibbe, Lori E.; Gerde, Hope K.; Wright, Tanya S.; Samples-Steele, Chelsea R. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2016
Commonly used early childhood curricula were examined to consider the degree to which they support research-based instruction for phonological awareness (PA) and phonics. A content analysis was completed for two types of curricula widely used in Head Start: overarching general curricula and lesson-based curricula, which usually provide more…
Descriptors: Content Analysis, Phonics, Special Needs Students, Early Childhood Education
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Gerde, Hope K.; Schachter, Rachel E.; Wasik, Barbara A. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2013
Researchers and practitioners have become increasingly interested in how early childhood programs prepare young children for science. Due to a number of factors, including educators' low self-efficacy for teaching science and lack of educational resources, many early childhood classrooms do not offer high-quality science experiences for young…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Scientific Methodology, Young Children, Preschool Curriculum
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Gerde, Hope K.; Bingham, Gary E.; Wasik, Barbara A. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2012
Writing is a critical emergent literacy skill that lays the foundation for children's later literacy skills and reading achievement. Recent work indicates that many early childhood programs offer children materials and tools for engaging in writing activities but teachers rarely are seen modeling writing for children or scaffolding children's…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Childrens Writing, Best Practices, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique)