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Research: Meta-analysis of Early Literacy by the National Early Literacy Panel

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This week was the Arne Duncan's confirmation hearing in the Senate and none of the 20 questions prepared to this event were brought in. In place, Duncan faced some "not-so-tough grilling" from senators, according to Christina Satkowski of The Early Ed Watch Blog.

Since Mr. Duncan highlighted early education, the round of Q&A come precisely on early education. Senators Tom Harkin(D-IOWA) and Bernard Sanders(I-VT) were quick to pitch in with questions about Head Start programs and Childcare. Answers can be read here.

Christina Satkowski again writes, "Last week, the National Early Literacy Panel (NELP) released the results of its six-year effort to review and synthesize all available research about what works in preparing young children, from birth to age 5, to read. The fact that the report was released on the seventh anniversary of the No Child Left Behind Act is no accident - the report serves as a reminder that early literacy programs work, and they are crucial if we are to achieve the law's goals of improving student achievement and narrowing achievement gaps."

And a continuation she stresses, "This is strictly a research report, one that does not come with specific policy recommendations." And she moves on the direction of literacy to say that the report lacks of important data disaggregated by socio-economic status which is naturally important considering the different social strata early education serves in the US.

Literacy, she says, is only one piece of the larger early learning puzzle. Efforts to improve children's early literacy skills must be integrated with broader goals for children's development, such a their social and emotional growth and their exposure to new ideas and content. Strong early literacy programs should be coupled with strategies that emphasize the whole child. Is there any Phychologist around?

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