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Early childhood includes the developmental level of childhood from birth through age 5 or up to the prekindergarten/preschool years.

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BEST in CLASS: What Coaches and Teachers Say About It. Part 2: Teacher PerspectivesBEST in CLASS: What Coaches and Teachers Say About It. Part 2: Teacher Perspectives

Practice-based coaching (PBC) promotes a strong collaborative partnership between teachers and coaches to facilitate the use of effective instructional practices. The PBC process includes skills instruction on BEST in CLASS practices, shared goals and action planning, implementation support, classroom observation, and reflection and feedback.
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BEST in CLASS: What Coaches and Teachers Say About It. Part 1: Coach PerspectivesBEST in CLASS: What Coaches and Teachers Say About It. Part 1: Coach Perspectives

BEST in CLASS (Behavioral, Emotional, and Social Training: Competent Learners Achieving School Success) is a tier 2 (targeted) evidence-based intervention for young children with persistent and intensive challenging behaviors.
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Practice-Based Coaching on the Pyramid Model: “It builds you up and finds your strengths”Practice-Based Coaching on the Pyramid Model: “It builds you up and finds your strengths”

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 ...
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Reducing Exclusionary Discipline in Arkansas Early Childhood ProgramsReducing Exclusionary Discipline in Arkansas Early Childhood Programs

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 ...
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Overcoming the early childhood suspension & expulsion problemOvercoming the early childhood suspension & expulsion problem

If preschool is designed to set a foundation of learning for children, expose them to structure, and build social, emotional and behaviors skills, then what is happening to produce these alarming rates?
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A lifeline of support: Arkansas’s innovative program to help early childhood educators support young childrenA lifeline of support: Arkansas’s innovative program to help early childhood educators support young children

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 ...
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Maintaining wellness in crisis: Boosting children’s emotional healthMaintaining wellness in crisis: Boosting children’s emotional health

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 ...
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Preventing expulsions in early childhood and supporting all children’s successPreventing expulsions in early childhood and supporting all children’s success

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 ...
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