A new study conducted by Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC), and SRI International found that the acquisition of essential early math skills, such as counting, recognizing numerals, recognizing shapes, and patterning, increased significantly among four- and five-year-old children from economically disadvantaged communities who participated in a 10-week PBS KIDS Transmedia Math Supplement initiative. Transmedia includes the use of familiar characters, settings, and stories across different media formats.
What is the impact of multimedia use on young children? This article explores that question and includes details from a study by EDC and SRI International that tested the measures of early literacy after viewing PBS content.
EDC has been awarded more than $14 million in multi-year grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to begin new initiatives or to continue ongoing work to enhance science and mathematics teaching and learning from preschool through high school.
Apps can engage kids in the study of math, but what are they really learning? EDC is interviewed about its work with Boston public television station WGBH and the Next Generation Preschool Math program to evaluate the effectiveness of several apps.
EDC has been selected by the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Head Start (OHS), to receive $16 million over four years to lead its National Center on Program Management and Fiscal Operations. EDC will partner with Case Western Reserve University and The Finance Project to strengthen the management and fiscal practices of hundreds of Head Start and Early Head Start programs throughout the country.
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.
At first glance, Jane Parfitt’s pre-K classroom at the Highland Park Child Care Center in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, looks like any good preschool classroom. There’s the writing center and book corner, the dramatic play area, the blocks, easels, and cubbies. There’s the alphabet strung on the wall, along with quilts and family pictures.
Curious George, the mischievous little monkey of the classic
children’s books created by Margret and H.A. Rey, has packed up for the bright lights and big city—he’s now starring in his own show on public television. The animated half-hour program, airing on PBS and featuring ideas from EDC researchers, encourages
preschoolers to explore the world around them.
What does it take to close
the achievement gap in science? Researchers in EDC’s Center for Children & Families would tell you that real solutions involve starting early. They’ve developed Foundations of Science Literacy, a college-level science course for preschool teachers. Foundations introduces fundamental concepts in the physical sciences at the adult level along with strategies for making the material
fun and accessible for preschoolers.