Evaluating Maritime Odyssey Preschool’s early STEM education model
Maritime Odyssey Preschool is a STEM-focused early childhood education program in Norwalk that was founded in 2016 by Odyssey Learning, Inc. and The Maritime Aquarium. Over the past two years, PEER has worked with these organizations to develop a logic model for the preschool’s early STEM education approach and design a preliminary evaluation.
Learning to Play, Playing to Learn
While some may think of academics and play as mutually exclusive, others argue that it’s important to embed the brain-boosting practice of play into the skill-building activities of academics. This summer, the Gesell Program in Early Childhood partnered with New Haven Public Schools to launch a play-based learning pilot focused on pre-K through grade 3.
Implementing the Connecticut Documentation and Observation for Teaching System (CT DOTS)
The Connecticut Documentation & Observation for Teaching System (CT DOTS) is a framework to guide early care and education providers in monitoring children’s progress on the skills, abilities and behaviors in the Connecticut Early Learning and Development Standards (CT ELDS). This article provides information about the development and implementation of the CT DOTS.
Stamford’s efforts to strengthen communication across the kindergarten transition
Each of PEER’s partner communities is crafting its own approach to supporting children and families during the transition to kindergarten. In Stamford, a major focus is improving communication between preschool teachers and kindergarten teachers.
Department's Psychology Section to screen 'The Thick Dark Fog'
The Yale Department of Psychiatry’s Psychology Section will sponsor a screening of the documentary “The Thick Dark Fog” at 3:00 pm May 15, 2019, at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Kroon Hall, 195 Prospect St., New Haven.
Opportunities for Learning: Evaluating the Preschool Development Grant (PDG)
PEER has partnered with the Office of Early Childhood, the State Department of Education, and the University of Connecticut to evaluate the Preschool Development Grant (PDG) program in Connecticut. PEER will use existing data to examine the association between PDG participation and child outcomes in the kindergarten year.
Experts explain how millennials can take care of their unique health needs
"You've got your whole life ahead of you," young adults are often told—but that's of little comfort to the many 20- and 30-somethings who face "adulting" challenges like career uncertainty, overwhelming student loan debt, and relationship difficulties.
PEER Supports Bridgeport Early Childhood Social-Emotional Learning Initiative
In an effort to promote coordinated, high quality SEL programming and supports for the young children and families of Bridgeport, a number of local stakeholders came together in the summer of 2018 to launch the Bridgeport Early Childhood SEL Initiative (BECSELI). The initiative is led by the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, and PEER is contributing as an evaluation partner. Several of PEER’s member organizations serve on the BECSELI Steering Committee.
PEER releases study examining the association of kindergarten performance with student, teacher, and classroom factors
The Partnership for Early Education Research (PEER) has released a new brief entitled Kindergarten performance in early literacy: student, teacher, and classroom factors. This publication is the last in a series of four briefs based on the research that was funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences through the researcher-practitioner partnership grant program.
PEER hosts strategy session with John Easton of UChicago Consortium
PEER member organizations gathered at The Leir Retreat Center in Ridgefield, Connecticut for a strategy session focused on leveraging research to enhance decision-making. John Q. Easton provided the keynote address and shared his deep expertise in research-practice partnerships.
Connecticut’s New Definition and Framework for Family Engagement: Full, Equal and Equitable Partnerships with Families
The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE), the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood (OEC) and the Connecticut Early Childhood Funders Collaborative (ECFC), joined with parents, educators and communities to co-create a common definition, framework and guiding principles for advancing state and local family engagement efforts across the state, which were recently published online.
PEER joins the National Network of Education Research-Practice Partnerships
The work of research-practice partnerships is inherently complex and challenging, and PEER works hard to balance rigor, relevance, and timeliness. PEER is part of a national movement of education research-practice partnerships (RPPs), and PEER recently joined the National Network of Education Research-Practice Partnerships (NNERPP).
Gordon a panelist on SAMHSA virtual roundtable
Derrick M. Gordon, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Director of Research, Policy and Program on Male Development at The Consultation Center, participated as a panelist on a virtual roundtable Sept. 20 held to increase awareness about the mental health needs and vulnerabilities of African American boys.
Strengthening the Early Childhood Continuum from Pre-K to Grade Three
The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) has released a suite of PreK to kindergarten transition resources for schools and districts. These resources include The Early Childhood Landscape Analysis Tool for Connecticut Schools and Districts, Transitioning to Kindergarten: the Why, What, and How of this Important Milestone for Connecticut Students, and The Connecticut State Department of Education’s Evidence-Based Guide for Early Learning.