June 22, 2007

In this Issue:

  1. Congressional Briefing on Key Issues in Preschool Education - Materials Available Online
      Source: National Institute for Early Education Research - June 22, 2007
  2. Improving Reading Skills for Children in Poverty - FPG Snapshot #47
      Source: FPG Child Development Institute - June 20, 2007
  3. Conference on Improving Young Children's Social and Emotional Development - Materials Available Online
      Source: Chapin Hall Center for Children, University of Chicago - June 19, 2007
  4. Making Pre-kindergarten Work for Low-income Working Families
      Source: Center for Law and Social Policy - June 21, 2007

1. Congressional Briefing on Key Issues in Preschool Education - Materials Available Online

Source: National Institute for Early Education Research - June 22, 2007

On June 18, 2007 Rutgers University, through the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER), and the Pew Charitable Trusts held a briefing for members of Congress and staff to address key issues in preschool education. Materials from the briefing on the following issues are available online:

2. Improving Reading Skills for Children in Poverty - FPG Snapshot #47

Source: FPG Child Development Institute - June 20, 2007

Researchers from FPG Child Development Institute and the School of Education at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found that classroom and school characteristics had a larger effect on student's long-term reading abilities than the method of instruction or the child's background. A summary of the study is available online at http://www.fpg.unc.edu/~snapshots/snap47.pdf

For additional information go to http://www.fpg.unc.edu/news/highlight_detail.cfm?ID=694

3. Conference on Improving Young Children's Social and Emotional Development - Materials Available Online

Source: Chapin Hall Center for Children, University of Chicago - June 19, 2007

On May 17, 2007 the Chapin Hall Center for Children hosted a web conference entitled: Charting a Course - School Readiness and Success: Improving Children's Social and Emotional Development. The web conference explored how schools and communities can best support the social and emotional development of young children. To listen to the 60-minute web conference recording and to download related materials go to http://www.about.chapinhall.org/conferences/charting/may2007/presentations.html

4. Making Pre-kindergarten Work for Low-income Working Families

Source: Center for Law and Social Policy - June 21, 2007

A new paper from the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), entitled Making Pre-kindergarten Work for Low-income Working Families, examines research on access to pre-kindergarten programs for children in working families, especially low-income children, who stand to gain the most from early care and education initiatives. It highlights key strategies to address the needs of low-income working families and discusses the extent to which state pre-kindergarten policies currently do so. It is available online at http://clasp.org/publications/making_pre-k_work.pdf