Dramatic play, also known as pretend play or imaginative play, has an important role in early intervention and early childhood education, and features prominently in a variety of commercially-available early childhood curricula (e.g., The Creative Curriculum for Presch...

March 1, 2009

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) refers to a group of developmental disabilities whose most common characteristics include impaired verbal and non verbal communication, social skills, and restrictive, repetitive, or stereotyped patterns of behavior (See, for example www....

January 2, 2009

Parent involvement, engagement, and participation in children’s education (hereafter parent involvement) takes many forms, including volunteering in schools and classrooms, communicating with teachers and other school staff, and attending parent teacher conferences, am...

November 2, 2008

The number of English Language Learners (ELLs) in public schools in the United States grew by about 900,000 between 1993-94 and 1999-2000 (National Center for Education Statistics, 2004), and young ELLs represented about 15 percent of all children attending public pres...

September 1, 2008

Response to Intervention (RTI) is an approach to identifying reading disabilities in children by assessing children’s ability to learn how to read, or their response to reading instruction and intervention. RTI has redefined the identification of reading disabilities i...

April 2, 2008


Most likely, early childhood educators are familiar with classroom environment rating instruments—instruments that rate the quality of classroom environments, including arrangements, materials, health and safety factors. One example is The Early Childhood Environment...

March 2, 2008

The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) has reported on an important study that compared the short- and long-term developmental effects of different types of childcare. The study, called the NICHD Study of Early Child Care (NICHD SECC, http...

February 2, 2008

Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP) is an oft-used but sometimes not-so-well understood phrase in early childhood education. The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC, 1996) describes DAP as teaching children in ways that (a) meet child...

January 1, 2008

Have you ever tried to have a conversation with someone who talked only about what she was interested in? How about someone who merely told you what to do without asking for your input, or someone who asked a lot of questions as if they were testing you?

When we interac...

October 1, 2007

Between birth and the end of the preschool period, children acquire a host of skills that are precursors to formal reading. These skills, called emergent literacy skills, include phonological awareness (children's awareness of the sound segments of language) and writte...

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