pre-kindergarten

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    N.C. State Guidance Puts Preschoolers in Classrooms and Kindergarteners on Computers

    The beginning of the school year is coming up fast. While many parents are preparing to school their children from home in the fall, parents of preschoolers will likely have the option to send their children back to the classroom. In his research brief this week, JLF’s Dr. terry Stoops…
    Brenee Goforth, August 7, 2020
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    NC DHHS: remote learning for NC Pre-K “an option of last resort and used as sparingly as possible”

    Sorry, I just need to say it again. I’m amazed that the guidance for NC Pre-K sites is so different from the requirements for K-12 public schools.  Just in case you missed it, here are the goals for state-funded preschool programs: We know that our children learn best when…
    Terry Stoops, August 4, 2020
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    NC DHHS: preschool students should receive “fully in-person instruction to the fullest extent possible”

    Yesterday, the NC Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) released a guidance document for NC Pre-K, our state-funded preschool program. The guidance for NC Pre-K classrooms is much different than that provided for K-12 public schools.  In fact, preschool classrooms “operating in public schools are not expected to…
    Terry Stoops, August 4, 2020
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    Gov. Cooper promotes religious education for preschoolers

    In a round table discussion of the “health care coverage gap,” Gov. Roy Cooper championed faith-based preschools. Participants in the round table included Cassandra Brooks, who owns Little Believers Academies. Little Believers Academies provides a “loving, happy place for young children to learn and grow as we bridge the gap…
    Terry Stoops, May 23, 2019
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    Study: State-funded preschool has “adverse effects on academic achievement”

    From “Effects of the Tennessee Prekindergarten Program on children’s achievement and behavior through third grade,” an article published in Early Childhood Research Quarterly, At the end of pre-k, pre-k participants in the consented subsample performed better than control children on a battery of achievement tests, with non-native English speakers…
    Terry Stoops, July 16, 2018
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    Brookings: Need for more evidence-based pre-K

    Here is an excerpt from an interesting piece on federal Preschool Development Grants (and preschool programs generally) by a fellow at the Brookings Institution, State pre-K, like Head Start, is a program with many staunch advocates and no reliable data demonstrating long-term positive effects. And both pre-K and Head…
    Terry Stoops, July 27, 2016
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    TN study: Pre-K benefits fade by third-grade

    Researchers at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody Research Institute found that gains from participation in the Tennessee Voluntary Prekindergarten (TN-VPK) program did not last. In A Randomized Control Trial of a Statewide Voluntary Prekindergarten Program on Children’s Skills and Behaviors through Third Grade, researchers examined academic and behavioral measures for 1,076…
    Terry Stoops, September 30, 2015
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    Sebelius blasts teachers in grades K-2

    Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius recently remarked, We’ve got to make sure that kids by the time they hit kindergarten aren’t so far behind that they don’t ever catch up, and by the third grade they may as well drop out because they’re never going…
    Terry Stoops, June 14, 2013