Skill Levels Remain Issue in Pre-K Staffing

"One of the hottest topics in early-childhood education is the "word gap"—the division in pre-literacy skills between children who are immersed in rich language from their earliest days and children who do not get that experience.
High-quality child care and preschool are supposed to help close that gap. But those programs often may be relying on a workforce that has a literacy gap of its own."

Children's Cabinet

"The Children’s Cabinet will formulate a strategic vision for the education and well-being of children and families across Illinois. That vision will include ideas to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the State by reducing bureaucracy and ensuring State agencies are meeting benchmarks. The Children’s Cabinet will facilitate strategic partnerships both inside State government as well as with schools and private organizations.

Job-Embedded Professional Learning Essential to Improving Teaching and Learning in Early Education

The Essential Supports for Improving Early Education series explores our field-tested approach to improving child outcomes by strengthening instructional leadership and job-embedded professional learning routines essential to continuous quality improvement. 
"...the field must abandon traditional professional development and replace it with the organizational and sustained support of job-embedded professional learning (JEPL)"

DEBRA PACCHIANO, PH.D., REBECCA KLEIN, M.S., AND MARSHA SHIGEYO HAWLEY M.ED., Authors

August, 2016

Reimagining Instructional Leadership and Organizational Conditions for Improvement: Applied Research Transforming Early Education

The Essential Supports for Improving Early Education series explores our field-tested approach to improving child outcomes by strengthening instructional leadership and job-embedded professional learning routines essential to continuous quality improvement. ESSENTIAL 
 "...we must broaden our understanding of improvement beyond the field's sole focus on classroom-level processes to the organizational processes that create conditions essential to teaching, learning and improvement. "

 

Child Care & Early Education Research Connections

Research Connections promotes high quality research and its use in policymaking by providing free online access to thousands of journal articles, reports, and datasets through its database.
Research Connections regularly highlights current policy and research developments and resources as well as announcements of grants and events in the early care and education field through a biweekly e-newsletter.

New Head Start Performance Standards (fall 2016)

The Office of Head Start (OHS) announced in the Federal Register the first comprehensive revision of the Head Start Program Performance Standards (HSPPS) since their original release in 1975. The publication of this regulation marks an important milestone in the history of the Head Start program. The new standards build upon 50 years of leadership in comprehensive early childhood services and will further raise the quality of Head Start programs.