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The Early Childhood Center is part of the Children, Childhood and Education Collaborative. Visit the Collaborative page to learn more about our additional resources on early childhood development.

"Reading Instruction in Kindergarten: Little to Gain and Much to Lose"

Defending the Early Years and Alliance for Childhood recently released a new report, "Reading Instruction in Kindergarten: Little to Gain and Much to Lose."

The report addresses such topics as developmental readiness to read in kindergarten; lack of research showing long-term gains from early reading; developmental gains from play-based programs; the importance of language-rich environments; best practices for children to become fluent readers; and policy and practice recommendations. 

Read the report and watch a brief video about its findings.

TEDxSLC Talk: Sarah Curtis MA '13

Sarah Curtis MA '13, a teacher and graduate of the Child Development graduate program, attended the ECC preschool and kindergarten when she was a child. 

The experience of growing up lies at the heart of her interests and endeavors, which include poetry, performing arts, and anything that informs her development as a teacher. Watch a TEDx Talk from Sarah entitled, "Cute is a Four-Letter Word.”