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Developmental Foundations of School Readiness for Infants and Toddlers: A Research to Practice Report

Summarizes research about infant and toddler development, highlighting areas that are foundational for later school success. The report serves as a guide for programs to inform their practices and policies and to help programs think about their own theories of change and what outcomes they are most focused on improving for young children.

Early Learning Careers

Examines comprehensive career pathway systems in the early childhood education (ECE) field. Career pathways, defined as comprehensive education and training systems, provide a sequence of coursework and credentials aligned with industry needs. Pathways offer a much-needed solution to fostering the educational and workforce training needs of adult learners to meet national and regional workforce demands.

Preschool Suspension & Expulsion

Shares the ways in which Preschool Development Grant states are responding to the expulsion and suspension of their youngest students, outlining policies and practices used. The report also discusses relevant federal and state policies aimed at mitigating the excessive use of expulsion and suspension for preschool students. The expulsion and suspension of preschool age children has been a growing issue for states, receiving considerable attention at many levels. 

Preparing Youth to Thrive: Promising Practices in Social Emotional Learning

Establishes best practice standards, developed by the Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality and eight out-of-school organizations, that linked to program effectiveness and supported by research, for building social and emotional learning (SEL) skills in six areas: emotion management, empathy, teamwork, initiative, responsibility, and problem solving. This guide presents standards and indicators of SEL practice, and four curriculum features shown to be foundational for supporting SEL practices.

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