June 28, 2013

In this Issue:

  1. Dual Language Learners: Effective Instruction in Early Childhood
      Source: American Educator - Retrieved June 28, 2013
  2. 2013 KIDS COUNT Data Book: State Trends in Child Well Being
      Source: Annie E. Casey Foundation - June 24, 2013
  3. Improving Literacy for Early Learners: Two Updated WWC Reports
      Source: What Works Clearinghouse, Institute of Education Sciences - June 25, 2013
  4. Video - Using The Project Approach In a Spanish-Speaking Preschool Classroom
      Source: Results Matter - June 26, 2013
  5. Using Video to Support a Bilingual Preschooler and His Family
      Source: Desired Results access Project - June 28, 2013
  6. Working Paper on Intergenerational Long Term Effects of Preschool
      Source: National Bureau of Economic Research - Retrieved June 27, 2013
  7. Comment Request - Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge Annual Performance Report
      Source: U.S. Department of Education - June 28, 2013

1. Dual Language Learners: Effective Instruction in Early Childhood

Source: American Educator - Retrieved June 28, 2013

The Summer 2013 issue of the American Educator, published by the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), includes an article summarizing research on effective early education for Dual Language Learners (DLLs). Dual Language Learners: Effective Instruction in Early Childhood (2013), by Claude Goldenberg, Judy Hicks, and Ira Lit, finds that preschool teachers can best educate young children learning their home language and English by using children's primary language where possible, adopting effective practices for building English language skills, and involving families in supporting children's learning.

2. 2013 KIDS COUNT Data Book: State Trends in Child Well Being

Source: Annie E. Casey Foundation - June 24, 2013

The Annie E. Casey Foundation recently released its 24th annual KIDS COUNT data book, which includes 16 indicators of child well-being organized across four domains: (1) economic well-being, (2) education, (3) health, and (4) family and community. The 2013 KIDS COUNT Data Book finds that although the poverty rate continues to rise, children are showing progress in the areas of education and health. The overall child poverty rate increased to 23% in 2011. For children age 5 and under, the poverty rate was even higher at 26%. From 2009-11, 46% of children ages 3 and 4 were enrolled in preschool, which is an improvement from 2005-2007, when 44% were enrolled. Another positive finding is that from 2005 to 2011, the percentage of children without health insurance decreased by 30%.

3. Improving Literacy for Early Learners: Two Updated WWC Reports

Source: What Works Clearinghouse, Institute of Education Sciences - June 25, 2013

The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) recently released the following updated reports on two preschool literacy programs:

Doors to Discovery is a preschool literacy curriculum that aims to help children build fundamental early literacy skills in oral language, phonological awareness, concepts of print, alphabet knowledge, writing, and comprehension. The WWC found it to have potentially positive effects on oral language and print knowledge and no discernible effects on phonological processing and math for preschool children.

Let's Begin with the Letter People is an early childhood literacy curriculum covers each letter of the alphabet to develop children's language and early literacy skills, focusing on phonological awareness, including rhyming, word play, alliteration, and segmentation. The WWC found it to have no discernible effects on oral language and phonological processing and mixed effects on print knowledge for preschool children.

See more WWC reviews of early childhood education interventions here.

4. Video - Using The Project Approach In a Spanish-Speaking Preschool Classroom

Source: Results Matter - June 26, 2013

Results Matter, a program of the Colorado Department of Education, has posted the following new video in the Results Matter Video Library. It is posted in the "Practices Here and There" section of the library.

Using The Project Approach In a Spanish-Speaking Preschool Classroom (Runtime: 10:09) - This video illustrates a variety of themes and practices as the teacher discusses Spanish-speaking classrooms, The Project Approach, family engagement, community engagement and support, and having high expectations for all children.

This video can be viewed online and downloaded at no cost for use in educational and professional development activities.

5. Using Video to Support a Bilingual Preschooler and His Family

Source: Desired Results access Project - June 28, 2013

The California Department of Education's Desired Results access Project has posted a new video in its Desired Results access Project Video Library. This video can be found on the "Tips on Using Video" section of the library.

Using Video to Support Tristen and His Family (runtime: 12:54) - Tristen is a delightful, bilingual preschooler. This video shows video clips that Tristen's teachers have shared with his family and is narrated by Tristen's parents who discuss how video helps them understand what Tristen is learning in school, assists them in using consistent strategies, reinforces Tristen's communication and literacy skills, supports positive behaviors, provides family support, and preserves visual memories.

This video can be viewed online and downloaded at no cost for use in educational and professional development activities.

6. Working Paper on Intergenerational Long Term Effects of Preschool

Source: National Bureau of Economic Research - Retrieved June 27, 2013

The National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) recently published a new working paper, Intergenerational Long Term Effects of Preschool: Structural Estimate from a Discrete Dynamic Programming Model (NBER Working Paper No. 19077, May 2013) by James J. Heckman and Lakshmi K. Raut. The paper estimates the effects of providing tax financed free public preschool to economically disadvantaged children. Findings demonstrate that doing so would generate positive net gains to society as a whole in terms of average earnings, higher intergenerational earnings, and schooling mobility.

7. Comment Request - Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge Annual Performance Report

Source: U.S. Department of Education - June 28, 2013

On June 28, 2013, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) posted a notice in the Federal Register requesting comments on the following agency information collection activity - Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) Annual Performance Report. The RTT-ELC program is designed to improve state systems of early care and education, in order to prepare more children for kindergarten. ED is proposing an annual performance report for this program that will collect data on the performance measures and the selection criteria described in the application. Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before August 27, 2013.