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The State of Preschool in the United States: Trends and Policies. Jana Martella Preschool Education: New Jersey and the Nation Policy Forum March 3, 2009 ETS, Princeton, NJ. State Early Childhood Development System.

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The State of Preschool in the United States: Trends and Policies

Jana Martella

Preschool Education: New Jersey and the Nation Policy Forum

March 3, 2009

ETS, Princeton, NJ


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State Early Childhood Development System

Early care and education opportunities in nurturing environments where children can learn what they need to succeed in school and life.

Comprehensive health services that meet children’s vision, hearing, nutrition, behavioral, and oral health as well as medical health needs.

Early Learning

Health, Mental Health and Nutrition

Family Support

Early identification, assessment and appropriate services for children with special health care needs, disabilities, or developmental delays

Special Needs/ Early Intervention

Economic and parenting supports to ensure children have nurturing and stable relationships with caring adults.

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Early Learning

Early care and education opportunities in nurturing environments where children can learn what they need to succeed in school and life.

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Core Elements of an Early Childhood Development System

Governance

to set policy direction for the comprehensive system

Provider /

practitioner support

to offer technical assistance and promote professional development

Standards

reflect effective practices, programs, & practitioners and are aligned across the system

Children Thriving Families Supported

Monitoring

to track program performance and results based on standards

Research &

development

includes cross-system data, planning, analysis, and evaluation

Communications

to inform families, providers, and the public

Financing

sufficient to assure comprehensive quality services based on standards

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ALIGNMENT

TRANSITION

DATA


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0-3

PK- 3

PK-4

K

Primary

Research

Financing

Governance

Standards

Monitoring

Practitioner Support

Communication

Financing

Governance

Standards

Monitoring

Practitioner Support

Communication

Research

Financing

Governance

Standards

Monitoring

Practitioner Support

Communi-cation


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PROF. DEV.

ALIGNMENT

DATA


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Myth Busting

“BIG ED” AND “LITTLE ED”

ARE COMPLETELY DIFFERENT


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Myth Busting

“BIG ED” AND “LITTLE ED”

ARE JUST THE SAME


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Myth Busting

CHILD CARE IS NOT ABOUT LEARNING


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Myth Busting

PREKINDERGARTEN IS NOT ABOUT CHILD CARE


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Myth Busting

DEGREES DON’T MATTER


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Myth Busting

DEGREES ARE ALL THAT MATTERS


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Early Care and Education

Family Support

Health, Mental Health, and Nutrition

Children Thriving

Families Supported

Special Needs/ Early Intervention

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Resources

  • Research – Center on the Developing Child at Harvard, www.developingchild.harvard.edu/content/publications.html

  • Financing – Partnership for America’s Economic Success (PAES/Invest in Kids Working Group), www.partnershipforsuccess.org

  • Governance – NGA Center on Best Practices – Resources for Early Learning Councils, www.nga.org/portal/site/nga/menuitem.1f41d49be2d3d33eacdcbeeb501010a0/?vgnextoid=d4928cc156de1010VgnVCM1000001a01010aRCRD

  • Standards – CCSSO’s ECEA-SCASS, www.ccsso.org/ECEAstandards

  • Monitoring – Pew Accountability Project, www.pewtrusts.org/our_work_detail.aspx?id=102

  • Practitioner Support – My Teaching Partner, www.myteachingpartner.net/

  • Communication – Pennsylvania’s Program Reach and County Risk Assessment, http://www.pakeys.org/Reach_Rpt.aspx


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In addition….

  • The “Systems Slides” can be found on multiple sites, including http://www.naecs-sde.org/naecs-sdepositionpapers

  • Wanna make a “word cloud”? Go to: http://www.wordle.net/


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Contact:

Jana Martella

Executive Director-NAECS-SDE

6015 33rd Street, NW

Washington, DC 20015

202.244.3943 (office)

202.251.2365 (mobile)

[email protected]

www.naecs-sde.org


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