Early Learning

Early STEM Learning at EDC

Fri, 06/16/2017

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Education Development Center

This fact sheet provides a brief overview of some of EDC's work to ensure that all young children—and especially young children who live in low-income communities and are members of underrepresented groups—can access high-quality early STEM learning experiences that foster their school readiness and success. Features highlights from our research and evaluation, professional development, and instructional design initiatives.

Early STEM learning at EDC

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Supporting the Whole Child at EDC

Fri, 06/16/2017

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Kimberly Elliott, Karen Cairone

This fact sheet provides an overview of some of EDC's work to strengthen systems and services to help families, home visitors, community members, educators, and health care professionals ensure that all young children have the health care, social emotional support, and safe living environments they need to thrive today and throughout their lives. Features highlights from our national support centers in the U.S. and our domestic and international work focused on health promotion, prevention, and intervention.

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Improving Child Outcomes Through A Researcher-Practitioner Partnership

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Clare Irwin is highly experienced in measurement, research methods, and early education research. She applies her expertise across a wide range of activities including leading quantitative and qualitative studies of early childhood education, developing tools and tutorials for educators, and designing survey instruments. Currently, she serves as the lead for the Vermont Universal PreK Research Partnership, which is part of the work of the REL Northeast & Islands. She is also the co-Director of the Partnership for Early Education Research (PEER), a researcher-practitioner partnership that is working to improve preschool and child outcomes with a special focus on dual language learners. In this post, Clare describes her work with PEER, reflects on a recent event, and shares next steps in PEER's work.

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Webinar: Introducing the New Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Toolbox

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05/23/2017
Register Now! Free Online Event

From 2:00 to 3:00 ET, the Center of Excellence for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation will provide a free webinar that will introduce early care and education providers and administrators working in IECMHC programs, state or tribal leaders in child- and family-serving agencies, and interested stakeholders to a f

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5 Tips to Promote Kids' Mental Health

In this feature article written in honor of Mental Health Awareness Day 2017, two of EDC's early childhood mental health experts, Mary Mackrain and Nancy Topping-Tailby, share five simple, yet highly effective evidence-based strategies to promote children's sound mental health and healthy development. “Enrich children’s daily routines by sharing looks, smiles, conversations, and stories,” Mary Mackrain says. “Putting down the phone and really engaging in uninterrupted play helps your child learn how to play, feel valued, and get along with others throughout life.” Topping-Tailby agrees. She suggests that parents set aside time to be with their children, no matter how old they are. “Reminding ourselves to live in the moment, and just be with our children, is important,” she says. “It’s sometimes hard not to focus on the next 10 things we have to do. But any time you can set aside for them helps build that parent-child relationship, which promotes positive mental health.”

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EDC Newsroom

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Wed, 04/26/2017

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EDC Expert Featured in Family Engagement Panel at WQED Institute

Naomi Hupert

EDC Research Scientist Naomi Hupert (at left) was a featured panelist in the WQED Institute for Digital Innovation, Education and Family Engagement. During the Institute, Hupert discussed findings from EDC’s research on the role that technology can play in helping families and teachers promote young children’s school readiness and success.

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5 Ways That Playing Games Helps Children Learn Math

Wed, 04/12/2017

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Designed for early childhood teachers and families, this 1-pager describes five ways that playing games supports children in learning important mathematics ideas in fun ways, as well as promoting children's school readiness and success. The author provides hands-on tips and strategies to reinforce key math skills and ideas.

Math Games

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Should All Children Learn to Code?

EDC mathematics expert Paul Goldenberg is spotlighted in this feature on the important role that exploring computer science plays in helping children learn math: It was during a 1989 visit to Bulgaria that Paul Goldenberg watched elementary school students use programming as a tool for refining and communicating mathematical ideas. What he observed at that school helped crystallize his thinking that programming belongs in the elementary classroom. "As children’s mathematical ideas matured from one grade to another, they could use computer programming to express, test, and explore those ideas,” he recalls. “It was about having expressive language, not about turning them into future computer scientists at all.”

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EDC Newsroom

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Mon, 04/10/2017

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