SEDL Monthly: An e-bulletin of SEDL / December 2011 /

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Helping Young Learners Prepare for School—And Life

Improving School Readiness and Success for Children
The first 5 years of life are a critical foundation for children’s early learning and lifelong development. A recent article by SEDL’s Southeast Comprehensive Center reviews the significance of school readiness and factors that help young learners prepare for school. School readiness consists of three components:

  1. a child’s readiness for school,
  2. schools’ readiness to support the learning and development of every child, and
  3. family and community supports and services that contribute to children’s readiness.

Studies also indicate that school readiness is a multifaceted issue that requires ongoing support at the local, state, and federal levels. This support includes high-quality preschool and readiness programs, professional development for the early childhood workforce, alignment of early learning guidelines and standards with content standards, coordinated early childhood data systems, and other efforts targeted to address the needs of young children and their families.

Read the entire article.

Tips and Tools
Free Resources
Research-Based Early Childhood Curricula and Programs
This rapid response from the Southeast Comprehensive Center provides a list of research-based early childhood education curricula and programs for preK students. The materials reviewed address both reading and math readiness.

Read more about the programs.

Readiness: School, Family, and Community Connections
This research synthesis describes 48 research studies on the contextual factors associated with children's readiness for school. In particular, the synthesis explores children's abilities as they make the transition to kindergarten, factors associated with these abilities, and implications of these factors on children's later success. It also discusses the effectiveness of a variety of early childhood or preschool interventions that include a family or community focus.

Read the synthesis online.

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