What Early Childhood Education Programs Can Teach K-12 Schools

In Child Education | on April, 12, 2015 | by | 0 Comments

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In debates about education, early childhood often comes across as K-12’s overlooked little sibling. With no guaranteed access for children and families, lower resource levels and lower quality standards for many programs, the early childhood field lacks many things that the K-12 system takes for granted. It can be tempting to think the solution is to make early childhood – or at least pre-K – look more like the K-12 system. But that would be wrong. Young children have unique early learning needs, and the educational approaches – to instruction, curriculum and assessment – that work best for young children are different from those commonly used in K-12 schools.

In fact, not only do good early childhood programs look different from K-12 schools, the K-12 system – particularly the early elementary grades – could learn some things from early childhood. Although our public education system arbitrarily starts at age 5, child development e……………. continues on U.S. News & World Report

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At Crystal Born’s child care center in Mankato, “day care” doesn’t mean “baby sitter.” The 10 preschoolers comb their classroom for objects starting with different letters of the alphabet, and she practices yoga with the children over age 2. This week, with spring as the theme, she made a sensory station where the tots can learn to count using plastic eggs and little toy chicks.

That high-octane curriculum earned Born a top rating from Parent Aware, Minnesota’s child-care rating system, and a visit Thursday from two members of Gov. Mark Dayton’s cabinet to highlight the importance of early-childhood education to the state’s future.

Minnesota has become a hotbed for preschool innovation, with more than $ 44 million in federal grants and several closely-watched pilot projects. Preliminary evaluations of Parent Aware’s four pilot sites show that highly rated day cares and preschools can improve children’s language, social and pre-math skills — an……………. continues on Minneapolis Star Tribune

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