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Essays, Articles, and Documents
- Early Childhood Education Manifesto, by Kids At Risk Action (KARA)
- The Reggio Emilia Approach--an educational philosophy focused on preschool and primary education. It was started by the parents of the villages around Reggio Emilia in Italy after World War II to eliminate fascism. The destruction from the war, parents believed, necessitated a new, quick approach to teaching their children. They felt that it is in the early years of development that children are forming who they are as an individual. This led to creation of a program based on the principles of respect, responsibility, and community through exploration and discovery in a supportive and enriching environment based on the interests of the children through a self-guided curriculum.
- The Constructivist Paradigm
- Free Spaces, Service Learning, and Democratic Politics, by Harry C. Boyte
- High Scope's Perry Project , The study found that 123 “at risk” African Americans who attended preschool programs, by age 40, had higher earnings, were more likely to hold a job, had committed fewer crimes, and were more likely to have graduated from high school than adults who did not have preschool.
- Montessori, Now 100, Goes Mainstream, by Jay Mathews
- New Leaf Community School, by Orion Online: Stories from the Grassroots
- The Shame of the Nation: Interview with Johanthan Kozol, by Elana Berkowitz
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Re Perry report: I think the article is compelling, especially for noneducators to understand the benefits of early childhood education. [Some] questions about the study are: Did they track other things as well like family income and participation in the respective groups? How do we know that the kids who signed up for preschool wouldn't have done better anyways?