Slideshow from the Fourth National GrandRally for Grandparents and other relative caregivers raising children, where hundreds of grandparents, grandchildren, and other relative caregivers gathered to celebrate the role they play for children and the opportunity to speak to their Senators and Representatives.
Dr. Kauerz explains the structural components of the pre-k-third grade early learning continuum with an emphasis on the need for all components to be high quality and coordinated for the desired child outcomes to occur. Dr. Kaurez speaks to the value of public school full-day kindergarten in the educational system in this country and reminds us currently attendance in kindergarten for some is based on luck and wealth.
Linda Sullivan-Dudzic, Special programs Director, Bremerton (WA) School District, gives specific details of how Bremerton School District in Washington transformed student achievement by implementing the pre-k-third grade model and how critical full-day kindergarten is to their success.
Scholars from the SEED-CDF Freedom Schools® site in Riverdale, Maryland, write letters to Congress encouraging them to support education funding as part of the National Day of Social Action on July 13, 2011.
Jerlean E. Daniel, executive director of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, stresses that school should be a continuation of experiences and kindergarten serves as the launching point for building a love for learning and how without full-day kindergarten, children face many more challenges both academically and developmentally.
Carol Brunson Day, president and CEO of the National Black Child Development Institute, discusses the need for quality, vibrant Pre-K and full-day kindergarten and how these programs foster continued success in school.
Lisa Guernsey, program director of the Early Education Initiative at the New America Foundation, explains that early education is an essential building block to getting children started on the right track and how research supports full-day kindergarten as a way for a child to make nice gains in later schooling. Guernsey says children cannot be expected to carry the full load of first or second grade without the introduction to learning kindergarten provides.
As program director of the Next Generation Learners Council of Chief State School Officers, Thomas Schultz explains the reciprocal relationship between educating a child and the role of community engagement.