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.
Arranging affordable, quality child
care is essential, but very difficult, for most migrant families. “The
challenges migrant families face are very complex,” explains EDC’s
Sheila Skiffington. “There are language barriers, 9–5 office
hours when applying for care, transportation problems, complicated forms
to fill out, and fear of government institutions.”
A new study of early childhood education programs across the country explores different ways states and local early education programs have used their funding and resources to improve child care services. The study, Early Care and Education Partnerships: State Actions and Local Lessons, was released today by the Partnership Impact Research Project (PI), based at Education Development Center.
In preschool classrooms around the world, children build structures with blocks, knock them over, and start again. In Cindy Hoisington’s Head Start classroom in Roslindale, Massachusetts, children also build with blocks. But before they get the pleasure of watching their structures tumble, her students are documenting what they’ve built. Sometimes they photograph the structures; sometimes they draw them with paper and pen; and sometimes they create small-scale replicas of their large structures with foam blocks and glue.