Until all children in America have access to high quality, developmentally appropriate early childhood experiences, and until all early childhood providers and teachers receive the training and financial support they require to ensure their commitment and competence, as many advocates as possible are needed to speak out on behalf of children. – Adele Robinson and Deborah Stark, Advocates in Action (NAEYC 2005)
A new public opinion poll shows 7 in 10 Americans favor using federal money to ensure the availability of high quality preschool for every child in America. Still, we continue to scramble to make up for long overdue improvements and increases in funding streams such as the keystone Child Care and Development Block Grant Act, not reauthorized since 1996. We must continue to speak out for children and quality early childhood education and find new ways to do so, translating opinion into action.
In that spirit, we are thrilled to add our voice as new members of the Early Care and Education Consortium (ECEC). Founded in 1999 as an alliance of providers and child care associations and educational services organizations, ECEC gives a unified voice to those who put into action federal and state policies and advocates for investments for children and families. As partners of ECEC, Teachstone will:
What a wonderful opportunity!
To learn more about ECEC and the resources available, visit their website.
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Teachstone, pioneering developer of the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS®) included in 23 states' Quality Rating and Improvement Systems and used by Head Start programs nationwide, today announced it partnered with Kaplan Early Learning Company to release toolkits to support the literacy skills of all children, including dual-language learners, in the classroom and at home. The CLASS® Literacy Support Kit and the Literacy At-Home Kit, designed for children in prekindergarten and kindergarten, are now available for purchase and shipping.
From coast to coast and around the globe, there’s a common thread that unites teachers: wanting to be better for their students.
Even when things are tough in education, educators are striving to be their best. Their dedication to equitable, ongoing development is what inspires Teachstone’s work. It will take a systematic, data-driven approach to reach the day when all children are afforded excellent education and care. And, we are enthusiastic partners in getting to that goal.