Early Learning

2016 NFCE Conference


June 20-22: Pittsburgh, PA

Jessica Lavorgna and her co-presenters Eden Segal of Westat and Joanna Geller of the Annenberg Insitute for School Reform at Brown University will present the session, "Teacher Capacity Building for Meaningful Family Partnerships: Let's Share Knowledge" at the 2016 National Family & Community Engagement Conference hosted by Institute for Educational Leadersh

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Midwest and Northeast States Discuss Early Childhood Integrated Data Systems

This article spotlights a recent forum organized by REL Northeast & Islands at EDC and REL Midwest that engaged states in discussing strategies, challenges, and successes related to early childhood integrated data system (ECIDS). Jacqueline Bourassa, EdD, facilitator of REL Northeast & Islands' Early Childhood Education Research Alliance said: “More progress has been made in ECIDS, and this work is the jumping off point.”


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Fri, 06/17/2016

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Early STEM Learning and the Roles of Technologies

Tue, 05/31/2016


In this EDC white paper, the authors discuss how the thoughtful use of technology by early childhood teachers and families can enhance the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning of children from birth to age eight and help set the stage for successful lifelong STEM learning. The authors summarize key findings from their work and present evidence-based recommendations that can help ensure technology reaches its potential to improve the quality and equity of early STEM education for all young children. Highlights include:

Thoughtful use of technology to support early STEM learning



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Fostering STEM Trajectories


Washington, DC

On May 31 to June 1, Shelley Pasnik and Cynthia Hoisington will present at and take part in a national forum hosted by New America and Joan Ganz Cooney Center and funded by the National Science Foundation, “Fostering STEM Trajectories: Bridging ECE Research, Practice, & Policy,” that will engage thought leaders in prioritizing plans to address challenges in early STEM learning. Learn more about this event.

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EDC Early STEM Learning Experts Present at Fostering STEM Trajectories Forum

EDC experts take part in Fostering STEM Trajectories Forum

On May 31 and June 1, EDC Vice President Shelley Pasnik, Senior Curriculum Designer Cynthia Hoisington, and Senior Training and Technical Assistance Associate Jeff Winokur presented at and took part in a national forum hosted by New America and Joan Ganz Cooney Center, “Fostering STEM Trajectories: Bridging ECE Research, Practice, & Policy,” that engaged thought leaders in prioritizing plans to address challenges in early STEM learning.

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Outstanding STEM Learning For All


Sarita Pillai leads initiatives to improve the quality and equity of STEM education, including managing national research and technical assistance centers, building and sustaining communities of practice to promote professional learning, and engaging youth in developing STEM-focused, technology-based resources. Sarita is the PI of the National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded STEM Learning and Research (STELAR) Center at EDC and co-PI of the NSF-funded Center for Innovative Research in Cyberlearning (CIRCL). In 2015, Sarita, STELAR co-PI Caroline Parker, Catherine McCulloch (co-PI of Community for Advancing Discovery Research in Education—CADRE at EDC), and colleagues from SRI Education worked with the NSF and White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to coordinate a daylong invitational forum on "next generation" STEM education. In this post, Sarita shares a few key points from EDC’s May 2016 report on the Forum, Next Generation STEM for All: Envisioning Advances Based on NSF Supported Research.

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Sharpening the Focus: State Policy to Promote Effective Teaching that Improves Learning

Sun, 11/01/2015


Kate Tarrant, Lori Connors-Tadros, Jana Martella, Debi Mathias

The BUILD Initiative (BUILD) and The Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO) support state policymakers with the implementation of early learning and development policies, programs, and practices that improve outcomes for all young children. Together they have engaged in a project to strengthen prominent policy that promotes effective early childhood teaching and learning for each and every child, from birth through third grade. This working paper has been used throughout the project to provide a springboard for ongoing dialogue and collaboration.

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