Research by EDC and SRI International
finds that the literacy skills of preschoolers increased when classrooms
incorporated public TV programs, video, and games. The study was funded by
the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
EDC and SRI International have released a study of educational programming and activities from the PBS Ready to Learn initiative. The study found preschoolers’ literacy skills increased when classrooms incorporated video and games.
Low-income children were better prepared for success in kindergarten when their preschool teachers incorporated educational video and games from public media, according to a new study conducted by Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC) and SRI International.
EDC has been awarded $10.8 million by the National Office of Head Start to establish early childhood education centers and offer training, support, and assistance to Head Start and Early Head Start programs in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island.
This project is developing two products for the National Institute for Literacy. The products will be used by schools and other organizations and groups to engage parents with low literacy skills in supporting their children’s (kindergarten through third grade) literacy development through fun, at-home activities. The products include a facilitators manual and parent activity guide. EDC project stasff are working with national literacy experts on the development of the products.
As the Latino population in the United States grows, so does a large achievement gap. An EDC-designed professional development program is helping preschools offer an enriched program that is interactive and culturally and linguistically responsive.
Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC) is hosting a two-day forum March 8th and 9th for educators working in coffee-producing communities, coffee industry representatives working on corporate social responsibility and members of international organizations that support public-private partnerships in order to find creative solutions to the educational needs identified in the region.
EDC’s International Education Systems Division recently hosted a
study tour for 15 Egyptian education experts who are working
with the Egyptian Ministry of Education to reform early childhood
education. The tour, conducted in partnership with the Academy
for Educational Development, was funded by
USAID and focused
on best practices in early childhood care and education training.
EDC’s Center for Children & Families (CC&F) is the recipient of
two new grants that focus on improving the quality of teaching
and professional development for early childhood educators.The grants will fund two areas of
research, science education and literacy and language.