New! Cost of Quality Early Learning Think Tank – May 2018 Meeting Summary

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Author(s): Lori Connors-Tadros

This report highlights presentations, discussions and resources from the Cost of Quality Early Learning Think Tank, held May 16-17, 2018 in Chicago. The meeting provided an opportunity for state and local leaders, advocates, and national experts engaged in cost studies of early learning programs to take stock of what they are learning about collecting, analyzing and using cost data to inform and drive policy decisions about financing high-quality early learning programs. Participants gained a deeper, shared understanding of both political and strategic approaches needed to make a substantive impact on advancing the field toward adequate and stable funding of high-quality early learning programs, though many unanswered questions remain.

New! PreK-3rd Grade Systems: Lessons Learned from New York School Districts

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Author(s): Diane Schilder
Date: August 2018

Recognizing the ultimate goal of PreK-3rd grade systems is to improve child outcomes and close achievement gaps, the New York school districts highlighted in this report have selected a range of priorities and approaches that reflect the unique district context, initiatives, priorities, and stakeholder perspectives. Each district has made progress in the implementation of their PreK-3rd grade plans. The report provides an analysis of information collected from the PreK-3rd grade teams and reveals cross-cutting lessons learned.

Building Capacity to Enact Change for Classroom Quality Improvement in New Jersey

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Author(s): Shannon Riley-Ayers, Sharon Ryan, Alexandra Figueras-Daniel, Vincent Costanza, and Kaitlin Northey
Date: January 2018

State Education Agencies (SEAs) across the country are working to directly impact early childhood teaching and learning in local education agencies (LEAs). To do this, the SEA must rely on local change agents to increase classroom quality across a state. The work presented in this paper set out to build the capacity of educators, teachers and leaders in New Jersey to spearhead change in LEAs with the support of the SEA.

The State of Early Learning in ESSA: Plans and Opportunities for Implementation

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Author(s): Bonnie O’Keefe
Date: December 2017

This brief focuses on three key topics for early learning in ESSA: setting clear goals and policy priorities for early learning, integrating early learning into school improvement, and supporting early childhood educator development. Based on a review of submitted state ESSA plans, the brief provides examples from state plans that highlights a variety of approaches from different state education agencies and identifies areas for further growth and attention in implementation.

Key Considerations to Assist States in Developing or Revising a Kindergarten Entry Assessment (KEA) Report

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Author(s): Diane Schilder and Melissa Dahlin
Date: December 2017

This report is the result of a request from two states for technical assistance to support the selection and revision of the state’s Kindergarten Entry Assessments (KEA’s). Given that this is a national topic of interest, the Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO) summarized what we gathered to provide other states with this relevant and useful information.

Information and Resources to Assist States in Developing Policy on Early Childhood Suspension and Expulsion

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Author(s): Lori Connors-Tadros and Jessica Hammond
Date: March 2017

This report includes a review of current research on the impact and prevalence of suspension and expulsion in early childhood programs and a summary of key federal and national policy on suspension and expulsion in early childhood programs. It also provides an overview of emerging state policy, descriptions of effective approaches for prevention, and considerations for states in developing policy in this area.

Building State P-3 Systems: Learning from Leading States

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Author(s): David Jacobson
Date: August 2016

This policy report focuses on the state education agency (SEA) role in supporting P-3 system building at the state and local levels. Included in the report are case studies of three states that have devoted significant attention and resources to P-3 efforts: Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts. Each of these states has developed statewide P-3 policy initiatives regarding standards, assessments, and instruction as well as targeted programs to support local P-3 community partnerships. The paper presents a number of themes and patterns that emerged from the comparison of the three states and concludes with 9 recommendations to help guide P-3 system-building.

Early Childhood Teacher Education Policies: Research Review and State Trends

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Author(s): Diane Schilder
Date: April 2016

This report provides policymakers with a review of published research on ECE workforce education and credentials as well as research on the current status of ECE wages, recruitment and retention challenges, and promising practices. It summarizes trends in state requirements regarding ECE teachers with bachelor’s degrees and specialized certification, licensure, or endorsements of pre-K teachers. The paper includes recommended actions and strategies, based on research and state suggestions, regarding approaches that states can use to recruit and retain teachers with bachelor’s degrees and ECE credentials.

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

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Author(s): Kate Tarrant with Lori Connors-Tadros, Jana Martella, and Debi Mathias
Date: November 2015

This brief encourages state policymakers and their partners to critically review professional development and accountability policies, offers guidance on policy implementation, and makes recommendations for the “powerful and few” core state policies that can improve teaching and learning for all young children. This report comes from an initiative from The BUILD Initiative and the Center for Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO), who worked together with state leaders and national experts to strengthen policy that promotes effective early childhood teaching, birth through 3rd grade.

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

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Author(s): Kate Tarrant with Lori Connors-Tadros, Jana Martella, and Debi Mathias
Date: November 2015

This brief encourages state policymakers and their partners to critically review professional development and accountability policies, offers guidance on policy implementation, and makes recommendations for the “powerful and few” core state policies that can improve teaching and learning for all young children. This report comes from an initiative from The BUILD Initiative and the Center for Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO), who worked together with state leaders and national experts to strengthen policy that promotes effective early childhood teaching, birth through 3rd grade.

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

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Author(s): Kate Tarrant with Lori Connors-Tadros, Jana Martella, and Debi Mathias
Date: November 2015

This brief encourages state policymakers and their partners to critically review professional development and accountability policies, offers guidance on policy implementation, and makes recommendations for the “powerful and few” core state policies that can improve teaching and learning for all young children. This report comes from an initiative from The BUILD Initiative and the Center for Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO), who worked together with state leaders and national experts to strengthen policy that promotes effective early childhood teaching, birth through 3rd grade.

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