10 building blocks of early childhood education

By Laura Devaney, Director of News, @eSN_Laura
March 24th, 2016

early childhood education

High-quality early childhood education programs give students an equitable start, research says

A new brief highlights 10 important elements of high-quality early childhood education programs, pulled from a body of research, which can help young students have an equitable start with a strong educational foundation.

The brief was compiled in part to help states as they redesign early childhood education programs and strive to offer those children access to high-quality learning experiences.

The Building Blocks of High-Quality Early Childhood Education Programs draws on a substantial body of research and comes from the Learning Policy Institute. It identifies 10 important elements, or building blocks, of high-quality early childhood education programs as indicated by research and professional standards.

Co-authored by Marjorie Wechsler, Hanna Melnick, Anna Maier, and Joseph Bishop, the Building Blocks brief was released at “Improving Quality in California’s Early Childhood Education: New Research and Implications for Policy,” a policy convening co-hosted by Early Edge California and Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE).

The 10 building blocks include:
Comprehensive early learning standards and curricula that address the whole child, are developmentally appropriate, and are effectively implemented.
Assessments of the whole child, which consider academic, social-emotional, and physical progress and contribute to instructional and program planning.
Well-prepared teachers who provide engaging interactions and classroom environments that support learning.
Ongoing support for teachers throughout their career, including coaching and mentoring.
Support for diverse learners, including English learners and students with special needs.
Meaningful family engagement.
Sufficient learning time, including more daily instructional time and more than one year of programming.
Appropriate class size with low student-teacher ratios.
Comprehensive program assessments that measure structural quality and classroom interactions.
A well-implemented state quality rating and improvement system.

Download the Building Blocks research brief and the PowerPoint presentation here.

Material from a press release was used in this report.

About the Author:

Laura Devaney

Laura Devaney is the Director of News for eSchool Media. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. When she isn't wrangling her two children, Laura enjoys running, photography, home improvement, and rooting for the Terps. Find Laura on Twitter: @eSN_Laura