Preparing skilled and effective teachers of young children

This policy brief comes from the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) and the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment (CSCCE). It argues that there has been too much focus on debating baseline qualifications such as AA and BA degrees for teachers of young children and not enough focus on the actual education these teachers receive, the support they get for ongoing learning, and the effects of the workplace environment on their … [Read more...]

Training modules for early childhood educators

Visit Project CONNECT, and you’ll find training modules in both English and Spanish specifically developed for early interventionists and early childhood educators.http://community.fpg.unc.edu/connect-modules/learners  … [Read more...]

Early childhood videos in English and Spanish

The Center for the Developing Child offers fascinating videos about child development. Three are now available in Spanish! La Ciencia del Desarrollo Infantil Temprano | The Science of Early Childhood Development El Impacto de la Adversidad Temprana en el Desarrollo de los Niños | The Impact of Adversity on Children’s Development Los Pilares de la Salud Durante el Transcurso de la Vida | The Foundations of Lifelong Health These videos … [Read more...]

Video training | Helping little children use AT

This training module from CONNECT includes an example of how a child care provider, speech therapist, and parent work together to help a two-year-old communicate and participate in everyday activities using assistive technology (AT).http://community.fpg.unc.edu/connect-modules/learners/module-5  … [Read more...]

Need resources for early learning?

In August 2011, the Center on Instruction added a new category of content resources to its website: Early Learning. Highlighted are resources that have been reviewed by COI experts for quality, relevance, and usefulness in this content area. (posted September 1, 2011) http://centeroninstruction.org/topic.cfm?k=EL … [Read more...]

The value of early education, long-term

“Investing Early in Education” is a special issue of Science. It looks at three longitudinal studies and explores what they have taught us about the long-term value of high-quality early intervention. http://www.sciencemag.org/site/special/education2011 … [Read more...]

Dialogic reading practices

Project CONNECT offers this free online module for early childhood practitioners. Meet Tenisha, a pre-K teacher who notices that some children are not paying attention during storybook reading, and learn how she implements dialogic reading practices to engage the children and help them develop language and literacy skills. http://community.fpg.unc.edu/connect-modules/learners/module-6 … [Read more...]

Early education findings of research

Eager to learn: Educating our Preschoolers is a comprehensive report from the National Research Council that synthesizes the findings on early childhood education, language acquisition, and emergent skills in reading, writing, mathematics, and science. Read about the science of learning (cognitive development), the impact of cultural variations, preschool program quality, curriculum and pedagogy, assessment, preparation of early childhood professionals, … [Read more...]

Videos for early childhood practitioners

In fact, videos galore, at Results Matter! Results Matter is an early childhood initiative of the Colorado Department of Education, but the videos emerging from the project can be used nationwide by early childhood educators individually or as part of professional development, team meetings, observation practice, and parent orientation. More than 30 videos have been added recently to the video library, so there’s lots to choose from, use, and share. … [Read more...]

Typical behavior challenges in the early years

Visit ZERO TO THREE’s set of resources designed to help parents better understand and cope with some of the typical challenges in children’s early years: aggression, defiance, inconsolable crying, slow-to-warm-up children, and sleep. (posted October 2011)http://www.zerotothree.org/child-development/challenging-behavior/ … [Read more...]

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