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Cooper, Christen Cupples – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2021
The majority of children aged three to five in the U.S. attend childcare or preschool, where they may consume up to two-thirds of their daily calories and nutrition. Teachers at preschools serving low-income families are responsible for guiding children in their food choices. Feeding style, or caregivers' overall emotional tone and approach at…
Descriptors: Eating Habits, Teaching Styles, Urban Schools, Preschool Teachers
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Villegas, Elizabeth; Sutter, Carolyn; Koester, Brenda; Fiese, Barbara H. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2021
With increasing rates of childhood obesity in the United States, it is important to develop effective curricula that helps children learn and practice healthy habits. Given the large percentage of children who spend time in away-from-home care, childcare centers are opportune contexts to implement such curricula. We sought insight from 35 teachers…
Descriptors: Barriers, Health Education, Health Behavior, Habit Formation
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Ramos, Manica F.; Weber, Jennifer; Thompson, Joy A.; Werk, Lloyd; Shuell, Julie; Woods, Kenza; Bamdad, Tiffany – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2021
The aim of this study was to test a training and technical assistance program in early care and education (ECE) center-based programs focused on obesity prevention -- Healthy Way to Grow (HWTG). After completing a self-assessment, ECE programs develop actionable policies to improve the wellness environment. Then, they receive individualized…
Descriptors: Obesity, Health Promotion, Wellness, Early Childhood Education
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Clark, Sarah K.; Judd, Emma; Smith, Leigh K.; Ahlstrom, Emily – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2021
The purpose of this study was to evaluate a form of writing instruction designed to teach second-graders to write compare and contrast informational texts. 73% of the participants (N = 45) were White, 22% were Hispanic, 2% were Asian, and 1% were Black, with 63% of the students eligible for free or reduced lunch. 48% of the students were female…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Grade 2, Writing Instruction, Integrated Activities
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Halpern, Clarisse; Szecsi, Tunde; Mak, Veronika – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2021
The aim of this study was to investigate the conceptualizations and early childhood education (ECE) leadership practices among teachers and administrators. A case study was conducted at a community ECE center that mainly serves Hispanic and Haitian immigrant children and families in Southwest Florida. Three administrators and four ECE teachers…
Descriptors: Leadership, Early Childhood Education, Diversity, Cultural Differences
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Lund, Emily M.; Durán, Lillian K.; Corr, Catherine P. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2021
Parents of young children with disabilities may experience high levels of stress and psychological distress that may put them at higher risk for experiencing suicidality. Thus, early childhood home visitors (e.g., professionals who work for home-based early intervention programs) may serve as important gatekeepers for identifying and referring…
Descriptors: Parent Attitudes, Stress Variables, Suicide, Young Children
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Wright, Travis; Ochrach, Chase; Blaydes, Madison; Fetter, Anna – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2021
Rates of homelessness are worsening in the United States, with a third of individuals experiencing homelessness being families with children. These families face many challenges, including limited social supports, insufficient access to services, and mental health concerns. These challenges inform a nuanced worldview, leading parents experiencing…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Access to Education, Disadvantaged Youth, Homeless People
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Gómezescobar, Ariadna; Guerrero, Silvia; Fernández-Cézar, Raquel – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2020
The ruler is the standard measuring instrument used for measuring lengths. However, measuring lengths with a ruler is a challenge for children. For this reason, this study explores how children who have not received specific school instruction on its use, measure lengths with a conventional ruler. The relative object-ruler position, the strategy…
Descriptors: Difficulty Level, Young Children, Instructional Materials, Measurement
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Larimore, Rachel A. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2020
Reforms in K-12 science education and their implications for PreK teaching, make this a critical time for developing a unified vision for early childhood science education. The goal of this essay is to provide a vision of what it might look like to leverage the best of both early childhood and K-12 science education reform efforts for meaningful…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Science Education, Educational Change, Preschool Education
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Boit, Rachel J.; Barnes, Amanda C.; Conlin, Dana; Hestenes, Linda L. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2020
The process of guiding young children to learn to read and write may hold unique challenges for refugee families who are transitioning to a new culture and a new language, yet areas of strength and resourcefulness may lead to successful literacy readiness for these young learners. This qualitative descriptive study examined refugee mothers' (N=9)…
Descriptors: Refugees, Mothers, Preschool Children, Parent Child Relationship
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Botha, Sharnay; Africa, Eileen K. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2020
Movement is essential for learning. Previous research explored the relationship between movement and academic performance, however, evidence regarding the specific gross motor skills related to reading and spelling is lacking. The current study, therefore, investigated the effect a perceptual-motor intervention had on the relationship between…
Descriptors: Alphabets, Spelling, Psychomotor Skills, Correlation
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Jones, Jennifer Call; Hampshire, Patricia Korzekwa; McDonnell, Andrea P. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2020
Engaging parents in their children's education beginning in early childhood leads to improved academic and social outcomes for children (Brannon and Dauksas in PRISM: A Journal of Regional Engagement 1:94-105, 2012). In the field of early childhood special education (ECSE), teachers are likely to have frequent contact with diverse families, as the…
Descriptors: Special Education Teachers, Preschool Teachers, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Family Involvement
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Alkhayat, Laila; Ernest, James; LaChenaye, Jenna – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2020
Today's children are born immersed in a digital informational age, creating increased pressure on preservice teachers to prepare children to become digital citizens. The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore Kuwaiti early childhood preservice teachers' intentions to use Web 2.0 technologies in their future Kuwaiti classrooms. Findings…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Early Childhood Teachers, Foreign Countries, Teacher Attitudes
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Akemoglu, Yusuf; Meadan, Hedda; Towson, Jacqueline – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2020
Shared interactive book reading (SIBR) is a broad term used to describe the act of adults reading aloud to children, while encouraging interaction by asking questions and engaging in a discussion about the book. SIBR can be used to embed naturalistic communication teaching strategies, creating learning opportunities to promote a child's language…
Descriptors: Communication Strategies, Teaching Methods, Reading Aloud to Others, Preschool Children
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Flint, Tori K. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2020
This qualitative, 8-month study analyzed first-grade children's playful responses to literature in the classroom context. The broad purpose of this research was to investigate the ways that children construct meaning as they respond to literature through play as a form of reader response. The findings presented in this paper highlight the ways the…
Descriptors: Reflection, Critical Thinking, Play, Classroom Environment
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