Why we celebrate the Week of the Young Child

The Week of the Young Child recognizes young children for their innate sense of curiosity, unique way of seeing the world, and general sense of wonder. More than 40 years ago, the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) created a week in which national and local leaders would recognize the impact children…

Assessments key to meeting needs of all children, KU experts say

  Classroom-based assessments may sound like a formal concept, but they should be a welcome part of ongoing communications between families and educators, leading educators said today at the National Association for the Education of Young Children Professional Development Institute. Myriam Baker, director of research and evaluation for Knowledge Universe, made the case for educational…

Meaningful measurement: how engagement improves early learning

KinderCare data reveals impact of emotional connections between families and teachers Knowledge Universe today revealed data that shows early learning centers perform better when families and teachers are most engaged. It’s not easy to measure emotional connections, but it’s an integral part of a child’s early learning experience and a successful early childhood education (ECE)…

1,000th Accredited Center showcases quality in California

When Kelly Wagman came back to Woodcreek KinderCare in Roseville, Calif., today, it was the completion of a journey she began more than 15 years ago. The center she once ran is now directed by Melanie DeMarchi, a former teacher whom she hired and mentored. A second generation of families is now enrolled among the…

Spotlight on a NAEYC Academy accreditation coordinator

On the fifth floor of the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s (NAEYC) headquarters in downtown Washington, D.C., Lynn Johnson and two other accreditation coordinators field calls and review accreditation materials to approve early childhood education programs as candidates for accreditation. For 23 years Lynn has worked for the NAEYC Academy, the association’s…