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High-quality early care and education (ECE) is vital to school readiness, improved academic performance, higher school completion rates, and greater earning power. ECE PolicyWorks is a consulting firm that links early childhood research, policy, and practice, laying the foundation for healthy, successful, productive citizens.


Play: The New Capitalist Tool


ECE Policy Matters—I almost dropped my iPhone this morning. There, on the tiny screen, was "Why Playful Learning Is The Key to Prosperity." Yes, in the "Entrepreneurs" section of Forbes. Workbooks and rote learning just won't cut it in producing purposeful creators, especially among the one in four young children in poverty with their stratospheric stress levels. It's hard to be innovative when you're anxious, emotionally volatile, and your brain's on auto-pilot ... [full blog post]


Test Talk: Not a Pretty Picture, Lucy Calkins


ECE Policy Matters—Patrick Wall, over at Chalkbeat, formerly Gotham Schools, just weighed in on the testing situation in New York. Not a pretty picture, he concluded, based on an online critique by teachers. But where has he been? The opt-out movement has been rapidly gathering steam in the earlier end of the education spectrum. He forgot to mention New Jersey's parents, who just introduced a bill to ban standardized tests prior to third grade ... [full blog post]


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Why ECE Policy Matters

As I'm researching and writing my book (Teachers College Press, 2015), I'm constantly crossing bridges between research, policy, and practice. In this space, look for gems I find in the field:

"What is it like for children to grow up here? What do they think the world has done to them? Do they believe that they are being shunned or hidden by society? If so, do they think that they deserve this? What is it that enables some of them to pray? When they pray, what do they say to God?"
- Jonathan Kozol, Amazing Grace: The Lives of Children and the Conscience of a Nation

  Universal Pre-K in NYC: Quality
and Equity in the Face of Rapid Expansion

Bank Street College of Education
New York, NY

April 23, 2014
  What PreK-3rd Grade Reforms Look Like: Erikson Institute's Early Math Collaborative
April 30, 2014
  Leadership Connections
Wheeling, IL
May 14 to 17, 2014
  Early Childhood Inclusion Institute (Frank Porter Graham)
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC
May 20 to 22, 2014
  NAEYC Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development
Minneapolis, MN
June 8 to 11, 2014
  Head Start Early Childhood Conference - "Collaboration and Coordination: Understanding Systems Supporting Children and their Families"
Washington, DC
July 7 to 9, 2014
  Building High-Quality Systems Through QRIS
Denver, CO
July 23 to 25, 2014
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