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Gomez, Rebecca E. – Voices in Urban Education, 2016
Over the past decade, there has been increased recognition of the short- and long-term benefits of high-quality early childhood education programs, but the systems needed to sustain these benefits throughout early learning transitions (and beyond) have not yet been fully implemented. In this article, the author discusses the importance of early…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Educational Benefits, Sustainability, Educational Quality
Grady, Michael – Voices in Urban Education, 2016
With widespread support for the expansion of early education programs, there is an increased need for collaboration across systems to support the critical transition from pre-K to elementary school in order to ensure positive educational outcomes for all. Throughout this issue of "Voices in Urban Education," several common themes emerge…
Descriptors: Alignment (Education), Community Involvement, Transitional Programs, Early Childhood Education
Levine, Randi – Voices in Urban Education, 2016
In New York City (NYC), the process of developing a child's kindergarten Individualized Education Program (IEP) happens during the year before kindergarten. This process is commonly called Turning 5. Approximately 30,000 NYC children between the ages of three and five are classified as being preschoolers with disabilities. The Turning 5 work…
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Individualized Education Programs, Kindergarten, School Readiness
Sigler, Maureen Kay – Voices in Urban Education, 2016
Early childhood interventions such as home visiting and kindergarten preparation programs can mitigate the effects of toxic stress and equip children with the skills and support needed for a successful transition into school. In this article, the author discusses her interaction with a student in her third-grade class who was not successfully…
Descriptors: Stress Variables, Stress Management, Coping, Transitional Programs
Geller, Joanna; Betancur, Maria Cristina – Voices in Urban Education, 2016
Over the past two and half years of evaluating "We Are A Village," a highly competitive federal Investing in Innovation (i3) grant focused on family engagement in early childhood in Central Falls, Rhode Island, the research team at the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University (AISR) has gained much insight into the…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Family School Relationship, Educational Change, Family Involvement
Fain, Amy; Contreras, Diane Eason – Voices in Urban Education, 2016
Oklahoma implemented universal pre-K in 1998. It is one of only five states that has or is implementing universal preschool, and for several years has served more four-year-old children than any other state. The organization, Community Action Project (CAP) Tulsa, occupies a unique position in this work. As one of the largest anti-poverty agencies…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Student Promotion, Poverty Programs
Martinez, Patricia; Wizer-Vecchi, Joshua – Voices in Urban Education, 2016
Collaboration is tough even in ideal circumstances. How do you begin to effect change when nearly half of the families in a district speak a language other than English in the home, but traditional education models rarely emphasize the strengths of cultural or linguistic diversity? Or when nearly all students live in low-income families and face…
Descriptors: School Districts, Low Income, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning