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Che, Yi; Hayashi, Akiko; Tobin, Joseph – Educational Perspectives, 2007
For the past six years the authors have been working together on a major study of early childhood education in China, Japan, and the United States. This study, "Continuity and Change in Preschools in Three Cultures," is a sequel to "Preschools in Three Cultures," a book by Joseph Tobin, David Wu, and Dana Davidson that was…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Foreign Countries, Teaching Methods, Preschool Curriculum
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Bredekamp, Sue – Educational Perspectives, 2005
In this article, the author describes some of the key research findings that demonstrate the relationship between school readiness and preschool play. She begins with definitions of both school readiness and play, and then describes the teacher's role in ensuring that play is used effectively to promote school readiness. The author goes on to…
Descriptors: Play, School Readiness, Reading Readiness, Dramatic Play
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Feeney, Stephanie; Moravcik, Eva – Educational Perspectives, 2005
In the past, early childhood programs provided either full day care for young children whose parents were employed, or part day enrichment experiences for families who did not need care for their children while they worked. Gradually these two strands (care and education) began to merge into the field which is now called childhood education and…
Descriptors: School Readiness, Poverty, Early Childhood Education, Disadvantaged Youth
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Grace, Donna J.; Brandt, Mary E. – Educational Perspectives, 2005
Early childhood educators believe that schooling for young children should focus on developing the "whole child," socially, emotionally, physically, and academically. Teaching pre-reading skills and encouraging children to read are essential steps on the path of literacy development. A narrow and persistent attention to academics is…
Descriptors: Young Children, Emergent Literacy, Reading Skills, Guides
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Brandt, Mary E.; Grace, Donna – Educational Perspectives, 2005
The purpose of this article is to develop, validate, and field test two readiness assessment instruments, "Schools Ready for Children" and "Children Ready for School." The authors first describe the development of the assessment instrument dealing with policies and practices of "ready" schools. The items on this…
Descriptors: Evaluation Methods, Learning Readiness, School Readiness, Program Validation
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Riley, Jeanne; Fahey, Mike – Educational Perspectives, 2005
A successful transition from home or preschool to kindergarten is a key component of school readiness. Yet, quite often this major step in a child's life is neither planned nor well coordinated. Thoughtful planning for this transition, however, can have a positive impact on children, families, teachers, schools, and communities that last well…
Descriptors: School Readiness, Early Childhood Education, Kindergarten, Transitional Programs