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  • CEEE evaluates home literacy
    Department of Education was conducted by Parents as Teachers one of the nation s most respected family support organizations impacting more than 240 000 children annually in all 50 states and Dolly Parton s Imagination Library an innovative book distribution program that provides monthly books to children from birth to age 4 The purpose of the research was to evaluate the impact on home literacy activities when Parents as Teachers is augmented with the Dolly Parton s Imagination Library book distribution program The research focused on high risk families with funding from the U S Department of Education s Innovative Approaches to Literacy IAL Program Participating families were offered bi weekly literacy focused personal visits and monthly literacy related group connections Children received an Imagination Library book monthly and Parents as Teachers local affiliates distributed additional books to families on visits and at group connections Parent educators also connected parents with community libraries and other literacy resources Results from the Parents as Teachers Innovative Approaches to Literacy Project indicated that the literacy enriched Parents as Teachers personal visits combined with Imagination Library improved the overall literacy environment in homes including more families reading books together one or more times every day and more children pretending to read books on their own It s gratifying to see the Parents as Teachers theory of change which posits that improvements in parent knowledge attitudes and behaviors are what drive changes in child outcomes in action within the context of a specific and measurable area of study said Kate McGilly Senior Director of Research and Quality at Parents as Teachers The IAL project positively impacted the whole family s literacy environment Dolly s Imagination Library is at its best when the program is coupled with the efforts of Parents as Teachers This is all about changing behavior in the home so it is wonderful to once again see that our work is inspiring families to read more together said Jeff Conyers the Executive Director of The Dollywood Foundation The research project began in March 2013 and included 59 Parents as Teachers programs serving families in nine states including Georgia Michigan North Carolina Pennsylvania South Carolina Colorado Illinois New York and Virginia Sixty five percent of participating families had annual household income below 20 000 81 percent of families received Medicaid and 70 percent of parents guardians were unemployed The evaluation of the project was conducted by The Center for Early Education Evaluation HighScope Educational Research Foundation co led by Tomoko Wakabayashi EdD and Laura Scharphorn PhD A major goal of the IAL grant was to increase parent child literacy activities among parents with children aged birth through 4 said Dr Wakabayashi Director of Research of the HighScope Educational Research Foundation The results showed marked increases in the number of children s books in the home the number of parents who owned library cards and the frequency of home literacy behaviors including families reading together About Parents as Teachers Founded in Missouri in 1984 Parents

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  • Experts on Program Quality to Gather at ECRE Conference
    discuss the topic from both research and policy perspectives in the context of states Quality Rating and Improvement Systems QRIS Decades of research have shown that high quality early childhood educational experiences have positive impacts on children s development and school readiness and have substantial return on investment to society 1 Participants at the 3 rd Annual Conference will focus on what high quality early childhood education means and how to measure as well as promote high quality to achieve the best results for children We are excited to have Dr Kelly Maxwell Senior Program Area Co Director of Early Childhood Development at Child Trends join us as the opening address speaker She is a national leader in QRIS validation and implementation said Ms Margie Wallen Director of Policy Partnerships for National Policy at the Ounce of Prevention Fund in Chicago Ms Wallen co chairs this year s conference with Dr Fred Morrison Professor of Psychology and Professor in the Combined Program in Education and Psychology at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor Both Ms Wallen and Dr Morrison serve on HighScope s Center for Early Education Evaluation CEEE Advisory Panel Dr Marijata Daniel Echols Chief Executive Officer of the Early Childhood Investment Corporation and Ms Debi Mathias Director of the QRIS National Learning Network will join Dr Maxwell for a panel discussion following the opening address The Annual Conference for Early Childhood Research and Evaluation organized by the Center for Early Education Evaluation CEEE at HighScope has been cosponsored by the Michigan Department of Education since its inception In addition this year the BUILD Initiative Max M Marjorie S Fisher Foundation and the Colina Foundation will cosponsor to bring national and state level experts on program quality to the conference The Max M Marjorie S Fisher Foundation and the

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  • Weikart Inducted to Hall of Honor
    of Interest International Institutes Demonstration Preschool Job Opportunities Membership Contact Us Store Shortcut To OnlineCOR OnlinePQA Letter links Online Training Forums Video Clips ReSource Catalog Mailing List Membership News Press Releases Extensions Video Clips Podcasts ReSource Hot Topics Leger Selected as CSO CEEE and home literacy Experts at ECRE Conf Weikart Receives Honor Schweinhart Retiring Clinton Global Initiative World Forum 2011 EC Legislative Briefing ESEA Reauthorization News Hot Topics Weikart Receives Honor Print Weikart Inducted Into the ECMMA Hall of Honor Phyllis S Weikart was inducted into the Early Childhood Music Movement Association ECMMA Hall of Honor on June 23 2014 during ECMMA s biennial convention in Atlanta Phyllis is Associate Professor Emeritus in the School of Kinesiology University of Michigan where she served as a faculty member for 25 years She is the School of Kinesiology s 2004 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient for her service to kinesiology In addition to her work in kinesiology Phyllis served as first the Director then Senior Advisor to the Movement and Music Division at HighScope Educational Research Foundation In 2010 she was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award for a lifetime dedicated to teaching children and adults the value of movement and music and its impact on education Phyllis is the developer of HighScope s Education Through Movement program that is devoted to the importance of movement based active learning She has authored numerous movement and music books basing her writing on her ongoing work with students of all ages from preschoolers to senior adults She also directed the production of 15 CDs of international folk music Click here to see more music and movement products Her work with international folk dance earned her a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Michigan Dance Council Phyllis is nationally known and highly respected educator author researcher

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  • Clinton Global Initiative America
    Working Group Statement Every child deserves a high quality early care and education experience Quality depends on the professional knowledge skills and practice of teachers Early childhood teachers work in various types of settings with children from birth to five years of age and have varied educational backgrounds These early care and education settings include child care centers family child care homes and Head Start and pre kindergarten classrooms Young children who attend high quality early childhood programs with well prepared teachers are more likely to become productive and engaged citizens 1 Why are knowledgeable and well prepared early childhood teachers important Early childhood teachers must be knowledgeable and well prepared to have long lasting positive effects on educational achievement economic productivity social responsibility and a significant return on investment Early childhood programs with knowledgeable and well prepared teachers lead to Better educational outcomes including enhanced school readiness and academic performance from elementary school through college and reduced need for remedial education and special services Less criminal activity and substance abuse Higher earnings in adulthood Strong returns on our investments For every dollar spent on high quality early care and education taxpayers save between 6 and 12 because of the reduced need for academic welfare and criminal justice services 2 What should early childhood teachers know and be able to do We must ensure that our nation s children and their families have access to early childhood teachers who have the knowledge and skills to do their jobs well Teachers in high quality early childhood programs Promote children s development and learning so they can work and play well with others Have sound knowledge of content areas and are able to provide children experiences that help them learn and be ready for school Have the core knowledge and skills to

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  • 2011 World Forum on Early Care and Education: Establishing Universal Curriculum Principles
    Forum s Curriculum Working Group is to develop a set of agreed upon universal early childhood curriculum principles Throughout the year the group maintains regular communication via a listserv dedicated to this goal At the 2011 World Forum the group held a preconference meeting for those who could attend and many members participated in a curriculum tour of two early childhood programs in Hawaii see Curriculum Group on Tour photo above During the Forum itself the group held an open meeting of World Forum participants to solicit input from colleagues on the development of early childhood curriculum principles see World Forum Curriculum Session photo at left During their session CURRICULUM Universal Principles of Early Childhood Curriculum HighScope President Larry Schweinhart presented a summary of the group s work and presenters Patrick Makokoro and Vishakha Deshpande discussed how these principles applied to their work with children in Zimbabwe and India respectively The following principles described by Schweinhart as a work in process were presented by the working group at the World Forum The group will further revise them to take into account the advice they received from their colleagues during the curriculum session Early Childhood Curriculum Principles World Forum on Early Care and Education 2011 Universal Curriculum Principles A set of early childhood curriculum principles apply in all countries of the world these principles should be adapted to fit into the various countries and communities whether or not programs are well funded Early Childhood Early childhood is the period of human life from birth up to school entry at 5 or 6 years of age including infants and toddlers from birth to 3 and preschoolers from 3 to 5 or 6 Some extend it to include the primary grades up to age 8 or 9 Care and Education Care and education

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  • 2011 Michigan Early Childhood Legislative Briefing
    Hot Topics Leger Selected as CSO CEEE and home literacy Experts at ECRE Conf Weikart Receives Honor Schweinhart Retiring Clinton Global Initiative World Forum 2011 EC Legislative Briefing Lt Gov Calley video President s Report ESEA Reauthorization News Hot Topics EC Legislative Briefing Print 2011 Michigan Early Childhood Legislative Briefing Michigan Leaders convene at HighScope Michigan s investment in young children is a top priority this was the conclusion of a group of more than two dozen Michigan legislative and business leaders who gathered at HighScope s Ypsilanti headquarters on Monday March 21 It was sponsored by HighScope Michigan s Children The Center for Michigan and the Early Childhood Investment Corporation of Michigan The event included presentations by early childhood experts giving evidence that investment in early childhood education is key to building an educated and skilled workforce for Michigan The first days weeks and years of a child s life are critical learning periods said Jack Kresnak president and CEO of Michigan s Children From an educational and economic viewpoint we all benefit by seizing this period to optimize learning and later earnings Dr Larry Schweinhart HighScope President and lead researcher and author of the ground breaking Perry Preschool

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  • Schweinhart testifies before Senate
    Hot Topics About Us Who We Are All About HighScope FAQs Board of Directors Permissions Reprints Privacy and Security Map and Directions HighScope Publications Links of Interest International Institutes Demonstration Preschool Job Opportunities Membership Contact Us Store Shortcut To OnlineCOR OnlinePQA Letter links Online Training Forums Video Clips ReSource Catalog Mailing List Membership News Press Releases Extensions Video Clips Podcasts ReSource Hot Topics Leger Selected as CSO CEEE and home literacy Experts at ECRE Conf Weikart Receives Honor Schweinhart Retiring Clinton Global Initiative World Forum 2011 EC Legislative Briefing ESEA Reauthorization News Hot Topics ESEA Reauthorization Print ESEA Reauthorization HighScope President Dr Lawrence Schweinhart Testifies to Senate on the Elementary and Secondary Education Act ESEA Reauthorization Senator Tom Harkin who chairs the Committee on Health Education Labor and Pensions in the U S Senate invited HighScope President Dr Larry Schweinhart to testify at a hearing on ESEA Elementary and Secondary Education Act Early Childhood Education The hearing was held on Tuesday May 25 2010 in room 430 of the Senate Dirksen Office Building Here is the transcript of Dr Schweinhart s testimony and a video of the full hearing Other witnesses included Barry Griswell Board Member Former Chairman and Retired

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  • President Larry Schweinhart Retiring President Obama Commits to Early Education in State of the Union Address Clinton Global Initiative America Early Childhood Statement 2011 World Forum on Early Care and Education Establishing Universal Curriculum Principles HighScope President Larry Schweinhart Receives Lifetime Achievement Award President s Report Legislative Briefing 3 21 2011 The Limits of Direct Instruction Article about new research that suggests direct instruction inhibits preschool children s creativity and curiosity Elementary and Secondary Education Act ESEA Reauthorization Early Childhood Education HighScope President Dr Lawrence Schweinhart testifies to Senate on ESEA Reauthorization Early Lessons The HighScope Story Article and radio program by American RadioWorks Challenging behavior in the preschool Article on how teachers worked with one especially challenging child Childhood obesity Article on preventing obesity related health problems through classroom movement experiences Early literacy information Curriculum assessments training in early literacy from HighScope Early mathematics Information on how to help young children acquire math concepts Perry Preschool Study Information on the latest results from HighScope s study of the lifetime effects of preschool education links to statements from other organizations recognizing the Perry Study as evidence supporting the HighScope Curriculum International and Regional HighScope Conferences Deepen your understanding of what

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