The Iowa School Boards Foundation (ISBF) developed an online Preschool Program Collaboration Toolkit to help school boards expand high-quality pre-k availability in their districts. Although the material is specifically intended for Iowa school districts, there are some lessons and tools that can help school boards more generally. http://www.schoolboardresearch.org/section/topics/early_childhood
Beyond the School Yard: Pre-K collaborations with community-based partners.
Another useful guide from Pre-K Now, this report can help school and community leaders who are reaching out to public and private providers of early childhood services to collaborate on high-quality pre-kindergarten. http://www.preknow.org/documents/TitleI_PartII_Jan2010.pdf
Organizations to Support Pre-Kindergarten Research
Center for Public Education: http://www.centerforpubliceducation.org/Main-Menu/Pre-kindergarten
The Center for Public Education, a division of the National School Boards Association, is a strong supporter of pre-kindergarten in public education. Their website provides a wide variety of resources for public school administrators and school board members to support the development and sustainability of high quality pre-kindergarten programs, including a downloadable PreK Toolkit, informational videos to make a strong case for publicly-funded PreK, and a library of presentations available for re-use.
The Pew Charitable: http://www.pewtrusts.org/our_work_detail.aspx?id=92
The Pew Trusts are a major force in support of universal pre-kindergarten for three- and four-year-olds. The Pew web site has information about its pre-kindergarten initiative along with media resources, fact sheets and other content related to pre-kindergarten.
Pre-K Now: http://www.preknow.org/
Pre-K Now is a national advocacy organization that promotes high-quality pre-kindergarten education for all three- and four-year-olds. Their work is focused primarily on state policy. Their site has a lot of good resources for state advocates, including reports, fact sheets, public opinion polls, and materials that can be downloaded.
National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER): http://nieer.org/
Based at Rutgers University, NIEER provides comprehensive research, information and analysis about pre-kindergarten. In addition to useful publications and communication tools, NIEER publishes a state-by-state yearbook on the state of pre-kindergarten across the country: http://nieer.org/yearbook/. NIEER also offers a useful e-newsletter to anyone who signs up.
Council for Chief State School Officers: http://www.ccsso.org/
CCSSO has several initiatives dedicated to improving early education access and quality. This site is a rich source of presentations, data, organizations, and other resources with a state focus.
The Early Childhood Longitudinal Study: http://nces.ed.gov/ecls/Kindergarten.asp
An ongoing study through the U.S. Department of Educationâ€™s National Center for Education Statistics, the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 1998-99 (ECLS-K) is tracking the school experiences of a representative sample of children from kindergarten through middle school. NCES has also followed a birth cohort from nine months to two years of age. Neither survey picks up three- and four-year-olds, but there's still interesting information about school readiness.
Foundation for Child Development: http://fcd-us.org/
The Foundation for Child Development (FCD) is a national, private philanthropy focused on children and families. One of its four main initiatives is pre-kindergarten to grade three: A New Beginning for Publicly Supported Education, which promotes a universally available pre-kindergarten program for three- and four-year- olds aligned to K-12 standards.
National Task Force on Early Childhood Education for Hispanics: http://ecehispanic.org/
The National Task Force on Early Childhood Education for Hispanics is a non-profit center based at Arizona State University. A good resource for publications, data, research, and policy analysis about Spanish-speaking children from birth through the primary grades. Materials are available in both English and Spanish.
Early care and education legislation database.
A web-based, easily searchable database developed by the National Conference of State Legislatures provides information on 2008 early care and education bills that have been introduced and enacted in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. http://www.ncsl.org/programs/cyf/ECELD.cfm
Preschool is school, sometimes: Making early childhood education matter.
Robert Pianta, National Center for Research on Early Childhood Education, University of Virginia. Education Next, 2007. Pianta discusses the range of classroom experiences provided 4000 young children, and argues for the importance of professional development and training to assure teacher quality. For more, go to: http://educationnext.org/preschool-is-school-sometimes/
Ready schools. The national education goals panel (NEGP), 1998.
What makes elementary schools ready for children? Prominent educators recommend 10 keys to a ready school that will be of interest to all elementary schools, preschools, and communities. http://govinfo.library.unt.edu/negp/Reports/readysch.pdf (Note: for a list of, and links to, archived documents from the NEGP, visit http://govinfo.library.unt.edu/negp/page9-3.htm.)
National Association for the Education of Young Children: www.naeyc.org
National Accreditation Commission for Early Care and Education Programs: www.naccp.org