Comment Request; Study on Sustaining the Positive Effects of Preschool
Abstract: Policy and Program Studies Service, with OPEPD, contracted with the American Institutes for Research (AIR) to conduct five case studies of programs that are designed to sustain the positive effects of preschools. On-site case studies will include interviews with district officials, principals, Kindergarten teachers, preschool teachers, program funders, and program evaluators.
Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before May 29, 2015.
Parents will not take part in this study.
“The most important aspects of quality in preschool education are stimulating and supportive interactions between teachers and children and effective use of curricula. Children benefit most when teachers engage in stimulating interactions that support learning and are emotionally supportive. Interactions that help children acquire new knowledge and skills provide input to children, elicit verbal responses and reactions from them, and foster engagement in and enjoyment of learning. Recent evaluations tell us that effective use of curricula focused on such specific aspects of learning as language and literacy, math, or socio-emotional development provide a substantial boost to children’s learning. Guidelines about the number of children in a classroom, the ratio of teachers and children, and staff qualifications help to increase the likelihood of—but do not assure—supportive and stimulating interactions. Importantly, in existing large-scale studies, only a minority of preschool programs are observed to provide excellent quality and levels of instructional support are especially low.” Society for Research in Child Development
The positive effects of preschool are self-sustaining and do not require federal funding for further study.
Education is a States rights issue and the only involvement of the federal government must be to Constitutionally guarantee the free and public “excellent” education that focuses on the gifts and talents of ALL of its citizens.
Before placing our youngest and brightest children in the educational setting we must first raise the bar to excellence and change the language so that it concentrates on discovering, developing, and directing our children’s gifts and talents towards becoming knowledgeable, respectful, actively engaged citizens of these United States.
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