Census 2020

The data we have to support the lives of children at the local, state, and national levels is dependent on the accuracy of Census data. We need your help in getting the word out to families of young children. Tap into our media resources here

Book Study Good Stuff

What School Could Be (by Ted Dintersmith)

THRIVE (by Grant Lichtman)

Most Likely to Succeed (by Tony Wagner & Ted Dintersmith)

Research in the News to Know

  • Read Jody's latest on Outdoor Classrooms and the benefits of Outdoor Learning [Read more here
  • Teacher–child conversations in preschool classrooms: Contributions to children's vocabulary development. Findings indicated that professional development increased teacher–child engagement in multi-turn conversations, child-initiated conversations, and teachers’ strategy use. In addition, teacher–child conversations with a high concentration of teacher elicitations and extensions were positively associated with children’s vocabulary gains. [Read more here]
  • The Power of Play: Research demonstrates that developmentally appropriate play with parents and peers is a singular opportunity to promote the social-emotional, cognitive, language, and self-regulation skills that build executive function and a prosocial brain. Furthermore, play supports the formation of the safe, stable, and nurturing relationships with all caregivers that children need to thrive. [Read more here]
  • Dramatic differences in tests assessing preschoolers' language skills: Preschool is a crucial time for language development. Children born preterm who display deficits in language skills are unlikely to catch up with their full-term peers. That's why it's imperative to accurately assess their language skills to determine if they need early intervention. [Read more here]

The Six Cs & Young Children

Check out our new overview that provides definitions of the sic C's, what those look like in young children, and what to look for in classrooms that promote and encourage those skills for young children. (see the PDF document here)

Learning Reflection Tools for Kids

Check out examples from ELAN's team for helping kids reflect on their learning and help educators document learning over time! (see the Learning Reflection example for preK-4th grade here)

Curriculum/Materials/Programs Review

Looking for new curriculum or materials? Take a peak at our new curriculum/materials/program review doc and leap forward with materials that meet 2020 expectations! (see the full rubric here)