Evidence-Based Practices and Programs for Early Childhood Care and Education

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Overview

This timely handbook presents evidence and recommendations to make informed decisions for planning, funding, and operating high-quality educational programs for children ages 3-8.

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Editorial Reviews

Mathieu Aubuchon
"Any school district struggling with low test scores, high mobility, and/or high poverty should consider the benefits of early intervention—and read this book. "
Charles Bruner
"This volume is exemplary in synthesizing research and condensing pertinent data on early childhood services both for practitioners and policy makers."
March 2007 Choice Magazine
"For practitioners, advocates, parents, and concerned citizens, this is an informative, useful examination of what research tells about the long-range effects of various programs for young children. The bibliographies are extensive, the format is accessible, and the conclusions clear and convincing. "
Psyc CRITIQUES: Contemporary Psychology
"A contribution to an important dialogue on how we can better fulfill the promise of high-quality early childhood care and education for all children. "
Dimensions of Early Childhood
"Packed with research-based program findings and practical recommendations, this book furnishes a wealth of information for both the field practitioner and the program researcher. The book would be ideal for a book study. Early education teachers, child care directors, and Head Start personnel would all benefit from discussing the relevant topics."
March 2007 CHOICE
"For practitioners, advocates, parents, and concerned citizens, this is an informative, useful examination of what research tells about the long-range effects of various programs for young children. The bibliographies are extensive, the format is accessible, and the conclusions clear and convincing."
December 2007 Psyc CRITIQUES
"A contribution to an important dialogue on how we can better fulfill the promise of high-quality early childhood care and education for all children."
December 2007 PsycCRITIQUES
"A contribution to an important dialogue on how we can better fulfill the promise of high-quality early childhood care and education for all children."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412926157
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 7/28/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
About the Editors
About the Contributors
Introduction
Part I. Evidence-Based Practices
1. School Readiness: Definitions, Best Practices, Assessments, and Cost - Kelly E. Mehaffie and Jeffery Fraser
The Importance of Early Learning
Definitions of School Readiness
The Intersection of Readiness Factors
Research Informing School Readiness Factors
Assessing Readiness
Costs and Savings of Being Ready for School
Conclusions and Recommendations
References
2. Early Intervention Practices for Children With and At Risk for Delays - Louise Kaczmarek and Christina J. Groark
Children At Risk for Delay Due to Poverty
English Language Learners At Risk for Delay
Children With Developmental Disabilities and Delays
Conclusions and Recommendations
References
3. Best Practices for Transitions Into Kindergarten - Kelly E. Mehaffie and Mary Wolfson
Transitions in Context
Best Practices for Transitions
Conclusions and Recommendations
References
Part II. Evidence-Based Programs
4. Publicly Funded Programs and Their Benefits for Children - Wendy M. Barnard
Federal Programs
State Programs
Trends in Publicly Funded Early Childhood Programs
Conclusions and Recommendations
References
5. Demonstration Programs and Successful Outcomes - Wendy M. Barnard and Christina J. Groark
Randomized Experiments
Quasi-Experimental Studies
Characteristics of Successful Programs
Conclusions and Recommendations
References
6. Home-Based and Family Child Care: Characteristics and Quality Issues - Richard Fiene and Martha Woodward Isler
Categories of Home-Based Facilities
Current Quality of Home-Based Facilities
Obstacles to Improving the Quality of Family Child Care
Characteristics of Improved Home-Based and Family Child Care Programs
Relative and Neighbor Care
Conclusions and Recommendations
Appendix 1: Overviews and Descriptions of the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS) and the Family Day Care Rating Scale (FDCRS)
References
7. School-Age Services: Programs That Extend the Benefits of Early Care and Education Services - Suh-Ruu Ou and Arthur J. Reynolds
Why Extend Early Childhood Programs?
Existing Extended Early Childhood Programs
Characteristics of Successful Programs
Conclusions and Recommendations
References
8. Out-of-School-Time Programs That Promote Academic and Behavioral Achievement for Children Ages 6 to 8 - Anne E. Farber
Outcomes and Evaluations of Out-Of-School-Time Programs
Academically Focused Programs
Reading and Mathematics Programs
Tutoring Programs
Summer Programs
Mental Health Focused Programs
Characteristics of Successful Programs
Quality Enhancement Tools and Initiatives
Conclusions and Recommendations
References
Part III. The Future of the Field
9. Professional Development and Higher Education Systems to Develop Qualified Early Childhood Educators - Gwen Morgan and Jeffery Fraser
The Current State of Professional Development
Credentials Across Early Childhood Systems
Content of Credentials for Early Education and Care
Emerging Issues
Changes at the College Level
Professional Development Planning Groups
The Role of Professional Associations
Conclusions and Recommendations
References
Index

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