Readers, we're looking to find out if you've seen Response to Intervention being used in pre-K, and how that might mesh with IDEA's Child Find requirements.
January 2011 Archives
Half the kindergarten parents at P.S. 101, in the Queens neighborhood of Forest Hills, successfully lobbied the principal for more recess and unstructured time during the school day.
There's a lot going on in child care lately. According to the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), federal child care spending in 2009 stood at $12.4 billion, down slightly from 2008. The Child Care Development Block Grant (CCBDG) is up for reauthorization, bringing issues of child care for low-income families to the fore. The Urban Institute recently released a paper calling for policymakers to help low-income families keep their children in stable care. And the National Association for Regulatory Administration has issued a call to strengthen state licensing for child care.
The state advisory committee in charge of developing a Quality Rating and Improvement System for early-learning and care programs released a report outlining what an upcoming pilot would look like.
Research shows how to help low-income mothers learn to talk to their babies the way more affluent mothers do, and Mississippi districts will be among the first to administer UCLA's national pilot of an early development survey onkindergarten readiness.
On January 6, the BAM! Radio Network released an interesting podcast about Common Core standards for kindergarten through third grade and their potential impact on early learning.
Promoting kindergarten readiness is a hot trend among preschools in Asheville, North Carolina.
Two upcoming conferences of interest to Early Years readers: National Summit on Quality in Home Visiting Programs in Washington, D.C., February 2011; and CAYL Institute's third annual principals' conference in Orlando, Florida, July 2011.