Learn about early childhood research trends!
NAEYC Accreditation Trend Briefs share data collected through the accreditation process and connects it to early childhood research trends. Analyses of these data tell the story of successful approaches used by NAEYC-accredited programs. Use these briefs to learn more about high-quality programs and best practices in the early learning landscape.
Relationships: Strengthening Family Engagement (Standard 1)
—Family involvement has long been emphasized as an integral part of developmentally appropriate practice for programs serving young children.Learn how family engagement can act as a powerful lever for increasing and sustaining the positive impact of early learning programs on children's development and learning.
Best Practices in Teaching (Standard 3)—What are the teaching practices that distinguish programs that achieve accreditation from those that do not? NAEYC research tells the story of successful approaches used by teachers to engage children in high-quality programs.
Assessing Children's Progress (Standard 4)—The appropriate use of assessments has long been at the heart of effective early childhood education programs. NAEYC research on curriculum, instruction, and assessment underscores the need for a systemic, integrated approach to linking assessments with curriculum and instruction.
Relationships Between NAEYC Early Childhood Program Accreditation and Strengthening Families™ Program Strategies—There are numerous means of describing and measuring how programs engage with families and ensuring that programs effectively engage families. This is especially important when cultural diversity or high social risk is a challenge for quality improvement. This brief examines two means by which programs’ family engagement has been considered—NAEYC's accreditation criteria, and the seven program strategies that the Center for the Study of Social Policy’s (CSSP) Strengthening Families approach has identified as effective.
- Supporting Cultural Competence—There is no doubt that America’s population of young children is becoming increasingly diverse. To effectively meet the needs of children from diverse backgrounds, early childhood programs must work toward building cultural competence among children and staff alike. This brief examines the cultural competency criteria to explore national trends in early learning.
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