With more children attending pre-kindergarten and expectations that children be “kindergarten ready,” concerns have emerged that preschools may be too academic in nature. This white paper attempts to shed light on these questions and offers valuable information in the conversation regarding play and academics in pre-K.
Alphabet knowledge is a basic building block for early reading and writing. Children who learn the forms, names and sounds of letters during early childhood are less likely to experience reading difficulties later in school. See highlights of Crane Center research and find resources for assessing and teaching the alphabet.
This year, we started Tuned In – our Friday morning round-up of policy-related news and analysis. It’s been a labor of love that my colleague Caitlin and I really enjoy providing to you all. In lieu of our regular edition today, here’s a reflection on nine of the best (policy-related) things that happened in 2019, in no particular order.
The transition from preschool to kindergarten presents several unique challenges. Children may experience heightened anxiety about moving to a new classroom and changes to their daily routine. To make the transition easier, teachers and parents can work collaboratively to provide children with the skills, knowledge, behaviors, and comfort necessary for success during this time.
Ohio has used the KRA, a statewide measure of school readiness that is aligned to the state’s early learning and development standards, since 2014. The measure is intended to help guide kindergarten teachers as they teach children of varying school readiness levels. Our authors examined whether the KRA predicted later reading success.
Last month, the Center for American Progress (CAP) published a list of recommendations for newly elected governors to take on early childhood within their first 100 days. Let’s take a look at how Ohio Governor-elect Mike DeWine aligns with these recommendations.
For many children, kindergarten is their official entrance into formal schooling. Although many children participate in preschool programs or child care, often kindergarten is the first setting in which academic skills are explicitly targeted. Many foundational academic skills are targeted within kindergarten programs, although reading-related skills have received the greatest attention in recent years.
In 2014, the inaugural State of Pre-K Symposium on Children addressed issues related to early childhood education by bringing together key constituencies. This idea was grounded on the belief that together, we will be better equipped to assess the current state of the field and to shape future directions of research, practice, and policy.
This white paper presents results of a community-based, multi-pronged initiative, Ready 4 Success, which was designed to improve the quality of language and literacy instruction in preschool classrooms and, in turn, children’s language and literacy skills.
Central Ohio teachers and principals were surveyed regarding Ohio’s Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA) during its inaugural implementation year. Although teachers and principals generally reported using assessments, the majority of participants did not perceive the KRA as useful for guiding instruction, and teachers reported that administering the KRA took away valuable time needed to help students.
Children who are ready for kindergarten are more likely to achieve future academic success while children who enter behind their peersare at risk for academic underachievement and future unemployment. This white paper presents the results of a study examining profiles of school readiness among 383 entering kindergarteners residing in rural, Appalachian communities.
In this white paper, we present the results of a survey completed by teachers from across Ohio concerning their perceptions of Ohio’s Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA).