Check out what P-3 issues governors are talking about in their 2014 State of the State addresses! See a breakdown of each address by issue plus a link to the full text of each address on our website (go to the "P-3" links).
ECS Welcomes Dr. Joan Lombardi as a Distinguished Senior Fellow
We are excited to announce that Joan Lombardi is now a Distinguished Senior Fellow with Education Commission of the States. Lombardi most recently was the deputy assistant secretary and inter-departmental liaison for Early Childhood Development, Administration for Children and Families in the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Lombardi has spent almost four decades dedicated to the needs of young children and their families.
Tell Us Why Early Childhood Education is so Important!
The Early Learning Institute at ECS is looking for personal stories from educators that illustrate the importance of providing high-quality early education. Stories will be featured in future ECS P-3 newsletters. Make submissions to Emily Workman at email@example.com.
What's Happening in the States
Delaware: P-12 Data Grant
The Michael and Susan Dell Foundation recently gave officials in Delaware a $1.5 million grant to expand the state's K-12 data system to include birth through pre-K data. This grant will allow early learning educators in Delaware access to student data at a much earlier age so they can better identify their students' needs.
Oregon: Results from the New Kindergarten Assessment
The Oregon Department of Education released results from their first statewide Kindergarten Assessment, implemented during the 2013-14 school year. The assessment focuses on areas strongly linked to 3rd grade reading and future success, including early literacy, math and approaches to learning. Check out the department's website for more information about the assessment and the results.
NSTA Position Statement: Early Childhood Science Education
At an early age, children have some basic abilities for science learning that can and should be encouraged in young children. In their January 2014 position statement on science learning in early childhood, the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) outlines several key principles to guide these abilities. Check out the full Position Statement on NSTA's website.
GAO Testimony on Early Learning and Child Care Program Overlap
Government Accountability Office (GAO) employees recently testified before the House of Representative's Committee on Education and the Workforce to present findings from a 2012 report on reducing duplication and overlap. The GAO found areas of overlap and duplication between federally funded organizations and programs that provide or support early learning and child care programs. The report cites that greater cooperation between the departments of Education and Health and Human Services would help eliminate some program overlap and bridge service gaps between the 12 programs that specifically provide early learning or child care services.
Preschool-to-Kindergarten Transition Patterns for African-American Boys
In a recent study, researchers found four distinct patterns for African-American boys transitioning from preschool to kindergarten. These findings highlight how socioeconomic status affects the boys' academic patterns and also the importance of parental involvement and early education programs as the boys transition to kindergarten. The Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at UNC–Chapel Hill provided a summary of this study.