Pre-K/Elementary School

Elementary school

Pre-K/Elementary School, the start of children’s formal education, is the springboard for future academic engagement and success.

Early experiences, including early relationships and learning environments, serve as the foundation for later educational and life outcomes. Successful Pre-K/elementary school experiences are affected by contextual factors unique to each child and family, as well as the design of the child's learning environment. For that reason, Pre-K/elementary school programming is closely aligned with the core principles of safe, supportive learning environments and serves as a model for other education levels.

 

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Using Developmental Science to Transform Children’s Early School Experiences report cover

Reviews four foundations for young children's development that appear to underlie children's competence and predict success in school from Prekindergarten through Third Grade: self-regulation, representation, memory, and attachment.

Kelly Maxwell, Sharon Ritchie, Sue Bredekamp, and Tracy Zimmerman
Cover image of Using Data for R2 Accountability and Improvement

Reviews four key categories of data collected in early childhood settings, clarifies the information each provides, and illustrates how the data are meant to be used to improve practice and quality.

Nonie K. Lesaux, Stephanie Jones, Julie Russ Harris, Robin L. Kane
Social-emotional Development in Early Childhood: What Every Policymaker Should Know cover page

Outlines the risks faced by young children with social, emotional, and behavioral problems, as well as barriers to eligibility, access to services, and service utilization. The authors conclude by recommending policy improvements needed by young children and their families. 

Janice L. Cooper, Rachel Masi, Jessica Vick
School-Family Partnership Strategies to Enhance Children's Social, Emotional, and Academic Growth cover page

Provides educators with an overview of social and emotional learning (SEL) and school-family partnerships (SFPs), a discussion of the important relationship of SFPs and SEL, and strategies to promote children's social, emotional, and academic development using school-family partnerships.

Student thining with map in background

Showcases a series of clues for students to follow about location—including landmarks, weather, and population. Utilizes a U.S. Census Bureau data tool called “State Facts for Students” to answer questions leading students steps closer to finding their answers.

United States Census Bureau
Protecting America's Schools: A U.S. Secret Service Analysis of Targeted School Violence

Dives deep into nine years of school tragedies, and it advocates for schools to establish comprehensive targeted violence prevention programs. Provides prevention measures to identify students of concern and assess their potential risk for engaging in violence or other harmful activities.

Student writing calculations on a board

Resource for teaching and learning to use real-life Census Bureau data through school visits and other modes of outreach. The program is broken out into five core subjects: math, geography, sociology, English and history. Each of these subjects are clearly designated for K-12 grade-level appropriateness.

United States Census Bureau
Cover image of Four Important Things to Know About the Transition to School

Defines transition as a process—not just a one-time event—that begins during children’s preschool years and continues into and through 3rd grade. This transition is also a time when children begin to take part in an increasing number of learning settings, both in and out of school. The article highlights four important things research indicates about the transition to school,  equity issues, smooth transitions to school, the role of families, and partnerships among families, schools and communities.

Margaret Caspe, M.Elena Lopez, Chalatwan Chattrabhuti
Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children from Birth through Age 8 report cover

Outlines position statement of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Includes literature, guidelines, and recommendations for creating developmentally appropriate practices targeted to this age group.

Logo for the U.S. Department of Education

States that the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Education have withdrawn statements of policy and guidance regarding the Nondiscriminatory Administration of School Discipline, dated January 8, 2014, and related documents dated 2014, including the Guiding Principles. (Note: Previously posted School Discipline Guidance Package related materials posted on the former SSDCoP website are being revisited; the website will be updated on an ongoing basis.)

U.S. Department of Education

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