SRI Education researchers are conducting an evaluation of the Pyramid Model, a three-tiered framework that supports early childhood education (ECE) teachers in preschool classrooms. The main goals of the Pyramid Model are to support ECE teachers as key figures in promoting the social-emotional skills and competence of children with and without disabilities so that all children can learn, develop, and grow in a positive and safe environment.
Study of the policies and initiatives to prevent early childhood programs’ use of exclusionary practices and promote children’s social emotional growth in Arkansas’s Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF)-funded programs conducted in collaboration with the Arkansas Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education (AR DCCECE) and the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP). » … Continue reading Reducing Exclusionary Discipline in Arkansas Early Childhood Programs
Teaching preschool is simultaneously joyous and challenging. Students differ widely in their temperaments and their experience sharing space and resources with peers. Although many children adapt quickly to a group care environment, for others it can be challenging. Some early educators can access related professional development or external specialists that can help them better support … Continue reading A lifeline of support: Arkansas’s innovative program to help early childhood educators support young children
Measures taken to address the spread of COVID-19, from precautionary social distancing to shelter-in-place orders, have dramatically impacted children and their families. In addition to navigating their own stress during a period of uncertainty and change, parents are faced with addressing the questions and concerns of their children, many of whom are spending significant amounts … Continue reading Maintaining wellness in crisis: Boosting children’s emotional health
In state-funded preschools, children are expelled at 3 times the rate of K-12 students, and private preschool programs expel children at more than 13 times the rate of K-12 students. Our researchers have developed an interactive guide with recommended policies and practices to support early education program leaders in reducing and preventing suspensions and expulsions.