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Recent Papers from ECAC

The Early Childhood Action Collective (ECAC) is a research and policy group developed to identify data and interventions that have promising innovative applications for use in Philadelphia. How Cities Embrace Their Infants and Toddlers, authored by Judy Reidt-Parker and Harriet Dichter, addresses the importance of maintaining and expanding services for infants and toddlers, even while developing preschool systems. The paper provide examples of other cities’ approaches to serving their infants and toddlers as part of the full early care and education continuum, and propose considerations for Philadelphia as it proceeds to implement PHLpreK. The paper and an Executive Summary are available. 

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From the Blog
  • Where we've come in early childhood education policy, and what we might anticipate from a new administration.
  • Physical activity and nutrition in Philly Early Ed programs: Survey underway 
  • What does implicit bias mean for children in preschool?
  • A new PHLpreK evaluation is planned; here's a roundup of ECE evaluations and what we've learned from them before
Early Childhood News 

Training principals to understand quality in preschool classrooms is a relatively new endeavor, although it is increasing now as preschools are more commonly located in public elementary schools. Education researchers in PHMC’s Research and Evaluation Group, , led by Kelly Feighanare partnering with La Salle University in implementing the Early Learning Principal Instructional Coaching (ELPIC) Program. ELPIC, an Eligible Partnership Grant funded through Pennsylvania’s Department of Education, will train pre-service and post-licensure principals to use instructional coaching strategies and professional learning communities to support the development of teachers and students from Pre-K through fourth grade.

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rtnership with Cabrini University, Eastern University, and eight school districts and early learning centers, will provide graduate-level coursework, including NAESP PreK-4 competencies and internships in early childhood settings.The grant supports work to "help principals close the achievement gap and provide an increased focus on early learning for students."

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