In defining science education for young children, a report from the National Academy of Sciences highlights the importance of focusing on scientific exploration and inquiry rather than on facts and information. Currently most young children are not exposed to high quality science experiences in the early childhood classroom as many early educators lack time, space, materials, as well as content knowledge and confidence in teaching science content and methods. In order to ensure that scientific inquiry is integrated into the early childhood classroom there is a need to better prepare early childhood educators in science content, methods, and pedagogy. This resource list identifies resources from 2010 to 2017 that highlight resources on science in early care and education under the following categories: 1) Policy resources, 2) Promising practices, 3) Professional development and teacher preparation.
The Center for the Study of Child Care Employment at the University of California, Berkeley is seeking a Program Associate to assist with the overall coordination of internal and external meetings, report preparation and distribution, research and information gathering, web updates and online communication, fact checking, and the CSCCE's ongoing archival project. This is a great opportunity for someone looking to build upon their research, policy, and administrative skills.
This Summer NCSL's Early Care and Education project will host a monthly webinar series. NCSL's Early Care and Education project covers a range of policy topics from child care, prekindergarten, infant and early childhood home visiting, to financing strategies and more. The webinars are designed to be informative, interactive and address specific early childhood policy issues of interest to legislators. Mark your calendar and register online for one of or all of the upcoming webinars. All webinars will begin at 2 p.m. ET. Upcoming webinars will be held on Thursday, July 20th, State Preschool Programs: Annual Yearbook Update and Thursday, Aug. 24th, Young Dual Language Learners.
The Center for the Study of Child Care Employment at the University of California, Berkeley is seeking a Research and Policy Associate to support early childhood workforce research and policy projects. The incumbent will work across multiple CSCCE projects, and under the general supervision of and in collaboration with academic staff, and will undertake research and policy projects. The incumbent is expected to apply expertise in early childhood workforce and/or related policy and research skills to research and project design. S/he will perform complex tasks related to research and analyses, making significant, original contributions; including authorship or co-authorship of published findings. The first review date for this position is July 13th.
Research Connections has just released the dataset from The Head Start Miami-Dade County, 2014-2015 study, funded by the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation in the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This dataset explores new, developmentally appropriate and reliable measures of motivation orientation among 350 low-income preschoolers served by the Head Start program. Data include direct assessments of school readiness outcomes such as children's language and science abilities, along with a teacher rating scale of approaches to learning.
The Nicholson Foundation (TNF) is dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of vulnerable populations in New Jersey. TNF is expanding efforts to improve health and early childhood outcomes by implementing strategies that inform policy and transform service delivery systems. TNF is currently seeking a Senior Early Childhood Program Officer to support leadership responsibilities in carrying out TNF's strategic plan. The position requires an accomplished professional with a minimum of 5 years in a senior management level role, a visionary, and an innovative leader. Bachelor's degree required, with a Master's degree in public policy, early childhood education, psychology or related field with Early Care and Education experience preferred. The successful candidate should have expertise and knowledge in: non-profit or government management and planning, early childhood services, family-centered care and evidence-based practices. Experience working as a member of an interdisciplinary team is desired. The ideal candidate will have excellent oral and written communication skills, strong analytical ability, strategic thinking skills, and a willingness to go the extra mile to make programs successful. They will have a dedication and sensitivity to working with vulnerable populations and diverse communities. Ability to travel to locations statewide as well as out-of-state for meetings and/or events, as necessary.
The National Center for Children in Poverty is a non-partisan public policy research center at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health that is dedicated to promoting the economic security, healthy development, and well-being of America's low-income children and families. The Administrative Coordinator will provide support to all center staff, helping to organize and facilitate the effective functioning of the center. Bachelor's degree and a minimum of two years of relevant experience is required. All applicants must apply through the Columbia University Jobs site. Please visit the site and search open positions for requisition number 088291.
Oregon State University has opened a .75 FTE (full-time equivalent) Assistant Professor of Practice position, with an emphasis on Early Learning Policy as well as teaching and service within the College of Public Health and Human Sciences. The position is a joint position affiliated with OSU's Extension Family and Community Health program and Human Development and Family Studies Program. The position involves early learning policy research, collaborating with state and national partners, and teaching. Oregon is an exciting state in which to work in early learning given longstanding partnerships. Oregon State University (OSU) has strong early learning faculty of which the new person will become a part, including Megan McClelland, Shannon Lipscomb, Bridget Hatfield, Shauna Tominey, and others, as well as a strong team of research assistants and associates. This faculty member will also lead the almost 30-year-old Oregon Child Care Research Partnership, which brings together state, T/TA, and other researchers in Oregon with the aim to provide information to state-level decisions makers on early learning and care.
Sponsored by the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE), in the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), the CCEEPRC brings together researchers, policymakers, and practitioners to discuss what they are learning from research that can help inform policy decisions to consider the next steps in early care and education research. Materials from this year's meeting, held March 1st and 2nd in Washington, DC, are now available through Research Connections.
Session topics included: the implementation of federal guidelines for Child Care and Development Fund programs and Head Start programs, state approaches to improving the early childhood workforce, research-to-policy translation, and quality improvement in home based child care.
The Center for the Study of Child Care Employment (CSCCE) at the University of California, Berkeley is currently accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar. The Postdoctoral Scholar will join a team dedicated to conducting research and proposing policy solutions aimed at improving how our nation prepares, supports and rewards the early care and education workforce to ensure young children's optimal development. The Postdoctoral Scholar will play a primary role in research design and implementation, conduct and analyze original and extant data, and prepare material for research and policy reports, and peer review publications. This position is a full-time, one-year appointment. Upon satisfactory performance, reappointment for additional years is possible. The first review date for this position is June 20th. Position will remain open until filled.
Contemporary Perspectives in Early Childhood Education is a series that offers an integrated view of current knowledge within the various areas of early childhood education. Each volume in the series presents a scholarly and critical analysis of the review of research and theory related to some aspect of early childhood education. The topics to be covered in each volume are determined by which aspects of the field are considered particularly important in relation to current research and theory. The topic for the next volume is laboratory schools. Scholars who are experts in understanding the current sources based on theoretical frameworks that contribute to the purposes of the laboratory schools are encouraged to submit their manuscripts for peer review no later than September 1, 2017. Each paper should be no longer than 6000 words in length to include references, tables, diagrams and other pictorial material.
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Research Connections has just released the third and final study in the Oklahoma School Readiness Reach-by-Risk Series. The study is intended to provide policymakers and other early childhood education stakeholders with the most current data available on school readiness risk factors across multiple domains and the reach of services provided in each of the state's 77 counties.
These data provide researchers and policymakers a very current, county-level look at the needs and care of Oklahoma's youngest population.