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Kindergarten Readiness

Kindergarten Readiness

Goal: To ensure that all children, particularly those who are low-income and minority, are academically and developmentally ready to succeed when they enter kindergarten.

Theory of Change: The kindergarten readiness of young children across the Great Lakes region can be greatly improved if preschool programs and elementary schools improve how they engage low-income families to support parent-child interactions in the home, and children in preschool and kindergarten classrooms have access to excellent teachers.

The Joyce Approach

Develop cost-effective ways to engage families and help strengthen parent-child interactions and early learning outcomes.

  • Provide seed funding to help innovative programs get off the ground and fund research to determine whether the strategies are effective.
     
  • Build a knowledge base and national coherence around the use of digital tools for family engagement and digital learning.
     
  • Build advocacy to help grow the models and, potentially, find policies that make them a reality in our priority cities.
     
  • Ensure preschool children have access to excellent teachers.
  • Enhance policies to ensure early childhood teacher preparation and professional development programs place a premium on high-quality interactions between adults and children and the learning that results.
     
  • Develop and validate high-quality professional development and teacher-coaching models that improve instruction and learning, and then advance polices that shift resources from lower-value to higher-value programs.

Latest News From The Education Program

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8/4/2015 2:37:00 PM

New Findings on Effectiveness of Teacher Development

The New Teacher Project just released a new report on teacher development.

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6/25/2015 12:53:00 PM

Policy recommendations for teacher professional development

The Chicago chapter of Educators 4 Excellence (E4E) released its first policy memo on how to better align professional development to teacher needs.

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6/22/2015 4:15:00 PM

Noble Network of Charter Schools wins the 2015 Broad Prize

Joyce congratulates the Chicago-based Noble Network of Charter Schools for winning the 2015 Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools.

 
 

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