• Making Professional Development More Effective

    Written by guest blogger: Carol Copple, Ph.D. Over the last 20 years the leadership across the field of early childhood education has been working to improve the ways teachers and early childhood professionals are trained through professional development activities. While one strand of that work has been the content knowledge that teachers need to know …

  • What Parents Think About School Readiness

    What we did: A four-question survey was distributed by email across the state of Tennessee to a network early education programs by the Core Work Group of the Early Childhood Advisory Council’s and Children’s Cabinet’s initiative on school readiness. Who we heard from: Nearly 750 parents from across the state participated in completing the survey. …

  • One Sharp Contrast In Notions About “Ready Children”

    In conceptualizing “ready children,” one of the points of tension that has emerged is what appears to be expectations that kindergarten teachers have versus those held by the pre-kindergarten and child care community.  The main characteristic of this tension is the difference in views about the importance of intellectual/cognitive development versus social/emotional development.  In its …

  • A Conversation about Ready Communities

    Shelby County, TN shared an approach to ensuring that community decision making particularly in the legislative and public policy arenas consider their potential impact on child well-being. They encourage the community to develop child impact statements as it engages in all types of policy making and planning, asking how will this action affect the well-being …