Solving Poor Learning Outcomes in Basic Education
Among 25 countries that joined the study among fourth-grade students, we (Philippines) ranked 23rd in both Math and Science, again with scores more than 200 points lower than the first-ranked Singapore!
- Children's experiences during the early years provide the foundation for later school success.
- Public school involvement with young children is increasing.
- A variety of federal, state, and local agencies are responsible for the education and care of 3- and 4-year-olds.
- A smooth, coordinated learning experience from ages 3 to 8 is important to children and families.
- America is becoming more diverse.
- From age 3 to 8, children learn the essential foundations of reading and writing.
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Ten Critical Features
- Culturally responsive, engaging and developmentally appropriate curriculum, instruction, and assessment
- Leadership that promotes and sustains change
- Teacher preparation and professional development
- Foundational processes
- Seamless education
- Financing PreK-3
- Home-school partnerships
- Research and evaluation
- Coordinated school health and wellness
- Environments that support learning and communication
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The purpose of the FirstSchool Design Guide is to help communities develop optimal indoor and outdoor learning environments for children ages 3 to 8. The guide offers the rationale for the FirstSchool approach, the evidence base for our principles, examples of how those principles can be expressed and supported in the physical environment, technical considerations and design specifications. The design guide can be downloaded and printed either as a single high-quality PDF or by individual chapter.
The importance of early childhood education is widely accepted in the United States. Current debate, as described in a recent HuffingtonPost article centers on an equity issue:
"Head Start is for the poorest of the poor … so if you say, 'Let's stretch the program so that it's helping the middle class with pre-K access,' you risk not being able to reach all those children in poverty." ...Early childhood education attainment -- and Head Start in particular -- has also been tied to better life outcomes. In 2012, several police chiefs highlighted the need for more and better preschool as a long-term crime reduction tool. James Heckman, a Nobel prize-winning economist, has shown that every dollar spent on Head Start yields $7 to $9 as the program's graduates begin contributing to the economy.