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Addressing Disparities in Early Childhood Education through Early Childhood Resources

University of Virginia 
By Stephanie Adams, Pilar Alamos, Parnia Ashari, Jayla Hart, Alita Robinson, Amanda Williford
February 26, 2021

Researchers at the University of Virginia, in partnership with the Virginia Department of Education’s Early Childhood Office, have developed a framework to guide equity improvements to early childhood resources. Learn how you can use this tool to review your classroom materials.

Early Childhood Education: The Greatest Opportunity for Children to Realize Potential

Establishing the Building Blocks of High-Quality Early Childhood Education  
By Amanda Williford, The Hill
June 8, 2019

Amanda Williford, Ph.D., Research Associate Professor at UVA, explains the importance of early childhood education and what is needed to transform it. Every young learner should be able to access high-quality early care and education.

What it Means to Be Ready for Kindergarten

Early Education is More Demanding than Ever, and Experts Have Concerns
By Melinda Wenner Moyer, the New York Times
August 12, 2019

Research from UVA’s Center for the Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL) is cited in this article in the New York Times, which describes the current landscape for kindergartners.

Pre-School: It's Not Babysitting Anymore

By Sandy Hausman, WVTF Public Radio
October 28, 2019

Virginia governor Ralph Northam, a pediatric neurologist, hired a chief school readiness officer and is devoted to studying and fixing the problem of children not being ready for kindergarten. WVTF Public Radio shares more.

Improving Opportunities in Instruction

Kindergarten Assessments Begin to Shape Instruction
By Christina A. Samuels, Education Week
October 10, 2017  

The Virginia Kindergarten Readiness Program (VKRP), mentioned in this article, is a leader in multi-dimensional kindergarten assessments. See how these assessments can help children, teachers, schools, and communities.

ECE - Virginia Briefs

The following briefs showcase the latest findings at the intersection of early childhood education, research, and policy.
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The Building Blocks of High-Quality Early Childhood Education Programs

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There's More to Gain by Taking a Comprehensive Approach to Early Childhood Development

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The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Tool: Addressing Disparities in ECE Resources