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Expanding Early Education
Strategies for providing rich experiences during students’ first years of learning
Expanding Early Education
Strategies for providing rich experiences during students’ first years of learning
January | February 2023
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Transitional Kindergarten: The connective tissue between preschool and kindergarten
Expanding Transitional Kindergarten into elementary schools offers the opportunity to create a coherent educational experience for young children. As district and school leaders make decisions about TK curriculum, assessment, instruction and teacher professional development, they are asking whether TK is more like preschool or kindergarten. A better way to view TK is as the connective tissue between preschool and kindergarten.
By Deborah Stipek



By Deborah Stipek
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We tried that — now what?



We tried that — now what?
We have all experienced the disappointment of planning a workshop, a socialization activity, preparing for open houses, or scheduling parent conferences and not having the turnout or engagement that we had hoped. How do we keep our parents engaged throughout the year, so that they can take advantage of the resources we offer and we can cultivate a true partnership?

We have all experienced the disappointment of planning a workshop, a socialization activity, preparing for open houses, or scheduling parent conferences and not having the turnout or engagement that we had hoped. How do we keep our parents engaged throughout the year, so that they can take advantage of the resources we offer and we can cultivate a true partnership?
By Rose Guerra



By Rose Guerra
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Prekindergarten programs



Prekindergarten programs
Overemphasizing school readiness in early childhood can overshadow the importance of developmentally appropriate experiences that lead to the holistic growth of young children. Administrators who oversee programming and, importantly, those who evaluate the educators, need to be able to recognize the ways in which children are engaging in learning across domains.
Overemphasizing school readiness in early childhood can overshadow the importance of developmentally appropriate experiences that lead to the holistic growth of young children. Administrators who oversee programming and, importantly, those who evaluate the educators, need to be able to recognize the ways in which children are engaging in learning across domains.
By Andrea Golloher, Amy August, Maria Fusaro, Jihyun Lee, Emily Slusser and Julie Sliva Spitzer
Brain developers, not babysitters
As California begins its commitment to Universal Transitional Kindergarten for all 4-year-olds by 2026, educational leaders are ramping up efforts to enable K12 school leaders to effectively serve our most marginalized children and families. The Transitional Kindergarten Leadership Initiative promises to give educators the tools and strategies they need to provide developmentally, culturally and linguistically responsive early learning experiences.
By Rebecca Cheung and Aija Simmons

By Rebecca Cheung and Aija Simmons
Supervision of instruction in early childhood
Beyond the colorful bulletin board displays and happy activities are the important foundations of learning, and the understanding of the developmental milestones that must be encouraged and mined during the early years in the life of a child.
Beyond the colorful bulletin board displays and happy activities are the important foundations of learning, and the understanding of the developmental milestones that must be encouraged and mined during the early years in the life of a child.





By Angel J. Barrett, Denise Cates-Darnell, Sue Kaiser and Heather Smith
High-quality early education
With operations back in swing five days a week for our 3- and 4-year-olds, we are dedicated to the growth, exploration and learning of all kiddos. Although these children are just getting their start in a formalized school setting, we believe it is critical to infuse social and emotional learning strategies into their everyday activities.
With operations back in swing five days a week for our 3- and 4-year-olds, we are dedicated to the growth, exploration and learning of all kiddos. Although these children are just getting their start in a formalized school setting, we believe it is critical to infuse social and emotional learning strategies into their everyday activities.



By Lindsay Lewis


By Lindsay Lewis
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