At a Loss for Words: How America Is Failing Our Children and What We Can Do about It

At a Loss for Words: How America Is Failing Our Children and What We Can Do about It

by Betty Bardige
     
 

ISBN-10: 1592133932

ISBN-13: 9781592133932

Pub. Date: 05/28/2005

Publisher: Temple University Press

Drawing on the latest research on development among toddlers and preschoolers, At a Loss for Words lays out the importance of getting parents, policy makers, and child care providers to recognize the role of early literacy skills in reducing the achievement gap that begins before three years of age. Readers are guided through home and classroom settings that promote

Overview

Drawing on the latest research on development among toddlers and preschoolers, At a Loss for Words lays out the importance of getting parents, policy makers, and child care providers to recognize the role of early literacy skills in reducing the achievement gap that begins before three years of age. Readers are guided through home and classroom settings that promote language, contrasting them with the merely mediocre child care settings in which more and more young children spend increasing amounts of time. Too many of our young children are not receiving the level of input and practice that will enable them to acquire language skills-the key to success in school and life. Bardige explains how to build better community support systems for children, and better public education, in order to ensure that toddlers learn the power of language from their families and teachers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781592133932
Publisher:
Temple University Press
Publication date:
05/28/2005
Edition description:
1
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword—T. Berry Brazelton, M.D.
Preface
Acknowledgments
Part I. Every Child's Birthright
1. Jack and Jill
2. Prime Time for Language Learning
3. Why Early Language Matters
4. Supporting Early Language at Home
5. Supporting Early Language in Group Care
6. You Don't Speak My Language
Part II. The Quiet Crisis
7. The State of Early Care and Education in the US
8. A Perfect Storm
9. Truth, Justice, and the American Way
Part III. Changing Course
10. A Parent's Guide to Early Childhood Programs and Policy
11. Supporting Parents
12. Improving Programs for Children
13. Building Systems that Sustain Quality
14. We CAN Get There from Here
Appendix: Resources and Connections for Parents, Policy Makers, and Advocates
Notes
Index

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