October 18, 2013

In this Issue:

  1. New Research Brief Reviews the Evidence Base on Preschool Education
      Source: Foundation for Child Development and Society for Research in Child Development - October 16, 2013
  2. The Progress of Education Reform: Math in the Early Years
      Source: Education Commission of the States - October 18, 2013
  3. Children's Engagement in Preschool and the Development of Self-Regulation
      Source: National Center for Research on Early Childhood Education - October 18, 2013
  4. New Online Module on Implementation Stages Available for Training, Coaching and TA
      Source: State Implementation & Scaling-up of Evidence-based Practices Center - October 18, 2013
  5. 16 States and D.C. Submit Applications for Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge Grants
      Source: U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services - October 18, 2013

1. New Research Brief Reviews the Evidence Base on Preschool Education

Source: Foundation for Child Development and Society for Research in Child Development - October 16, 2013

A new research brief, written by an interdisciplinary team of early childhood experts, provides a non-partisan, thorough review of the current evidence on why early skills matter, which children benefit the most from preschool, the short- and long-term effects of preschool on children's school readiness and life outcomes, the importance of program quality, and the costs versus benefits of preschool education. The brief was funded by the Foundation for Child Development and produced in collaboration with the Society for Research in Child Development. To learn more see, Investing in Our Future: The Evidence Base on Preschool Education (October 2013), by Hirokazu Yoshikawa, Christina Weiland, Jeanne Brooks-Gunn, Margaret R. Burchinal, Linda M. Espinosa, William T. Gormley, Jens Ludwig, Katherine A. Magnuson, Deborah Phillips, Martha J. Zaslow. An executive summary is also available.

A panel discussion about the brief hosted by the New America Foundation, Too Much Evidence to Ignore: New Findings on the Impact of Quality Preschool at Scale (October 16, 2013), was recorded and is available for viewing online.

2. The Progress of Education Reform: Math in the Early Years

Source: Education Commission of the States - October 18, 2013

The Education Commission of the States (ECS) recently released a new issue of The Progress of Education Reform, which discusses findings about the strong relationship between early math instruction and later student achievement. Math in the Early Years (The Progress of Education Reform, Vol. 14, No.5, October 2013), by Doug Clements and Julie Sarama, finds that early knowledge of math predicts not only later success in math, but also later achievement in reading even better than early reading skills do. The paper discusses the implications of these findings and provides recommendations for state policy to support the development of early math competencies and young children.

3. Children's Engagement in Preschool and the Development of Self-Regulation

Source: National Center for Research on Early Childhood Education - October 18, 2013

The National Center for Research on Early Childhood Education (NCRECE) has published a new two-page research brief, Children's Engagement in Preschool and the Development of Self-Regulation (2013) by Amanda P. Williford, Jessica E. Vick Whittaker, Virginia E. Vitiello & Jason T. Downer. The brief summarizes findings from a study that examined the way children's engagement with teachers, peers, and tasks in preschool was related to gains in self-regulation skills. Results indicate that children's positive engagement with teachers was related to increases in compliance and executive control, active engagement in classroom activities was linked with gains in emotion management skills, and a combination of positive teacher and task engagement was related to increases in self-regulation. There were no main effects showing that positive engagement with peers during preschool was linked to the development of self-regulation skills.

4. New Online Module on Implementation Stages Available for Training, Coaching and TA

Source: State Implementation & Scaling-up of Evidence-based Practices Center - October 18, 2013

A new online module on Implementation Stages (Module 4) from the State Implementation & Scaling-up of Evidence-based Practices Center (SISEP) is designed to define the 4 stages of implementation, summarize the rationales for attending to stages of implementation, and identify tools available for review and stage-based planning. SISEP's Active Implementation (AI) Modules are short (30-45 minute) online modules designed to be self-paced, or blended with existing pre-service and in-service training.

5. 16 States and D.C. Submit Applications for Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge Grants

Source: U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services - October 18, 2013

On October 18, 2013, the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services announced that 16 states and the District of Columbia submitted applications for the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC), a $280 million state-level competitive grant program to improve early learning and development. Applicants included: Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Vermont. To learn more, see the full press release.