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This practice guide, developed in conjunction with an expert panel, distills contemporary early childhood and preschool education research into seven easily comprehensible and practical recommendations. The guidance will help to prepare young children to benefit from the learning opportunities they will encounter in school.
1
Regularly provide intentional, engaging instruction and practice focused on social-emotional skills.
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2
Strengthen children's executive function skills using specific games and activities.
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3
Provide intentional instruction to build children’s understanding of mathematical ideas and skills.
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4
Engage children in conversations about mathematical ideas and support them in using mathematical language.
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5
Intentionally plan activities to build children’s vocabulary and language.
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6
Build children’s knowledge of letters and sounds.
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7
Use shared book reading to develop children’s language, knowledge of print features, and knowledge of the world.
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Topics: Grades:
Audience:
  • Administrators
  • Parent/Family
  • Teacher

This practice guide was prepared for the WWC by Instructional Research Group under contract 91990020F325.

The following research staff contributed to the guide: Madhavi Jayanthi, Russell Gersten, Rebecca Newman-Gonchar, Sarah Krowka, Kelly Haymond, Samantha Wavell, Joshua Furgeson, Julia Lyskawa, and Emily Rosen.

  • Margaret Burchinal (Chair)
    UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA
  • Karen Bierman
    PENN STATE UNIVERSITY
  • Jorge Gonzalez
    UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON
  • Kimberly Nelson
    ROCKFORD PUBLIC SCHOOLS
  • Megan McClelland
    OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY
  • Jill Pentimonti
    UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME
  • David Purpura
    PURDUE UNIVERSITY
  • Jason Sachs
    BOSTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS
  • Julie Sarama
    UNIVERSITY OF DENVER
  • Elizabeth Schlesinger-Devlin
    PURDUE UNIVERSITY
  • Julie Washington
    UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, IRVINE
Reference
Recommendation 1: Regularly provide intentional, engaging instruction and practice focused on social-emotional skills
October 1, 2022

This is a one-page summary from the first recommendation from the Preparing Young Children for School Practice Guide: Regularly provide intentional, engaging instruction and practice focused on social...
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Recommendation 2: Strengthen children’s executive function skills using specific games and activities
October 1, 2022

This is a one-page summary from the first recommendation from the Preparing Young Children for School Practice Guide: Strengthen children’s executive function skills using specific games and activitie...
Reference
Recommendation 3: Provide intentional instruction to build children’s understanding of mathematical ideas and skills
October 1, 2022

This is a one-page summary from the first recommendation from the Preparing Young Children for School Practice Guide: Provide intentional instruction to build children’s understanding of mathematical ...
Reference
Recommendation 4: Engage children in conversations about mathematical ideas and support them in using mathematical language
October 1, 2022

This is a one-page summary from the fourth recommendation from the Preparing Young Children for School Practice Guide: Engage children in conversations about mathematical ideas and support them in usi...
Reference
Recommendation 5: Intentionally plan activities to build children’s vocabulary and language
October 1, 2022

This is a one-page summary from the fifth recommendation from the Preparing Young Children for School Practice Guide: Intentionally plan activities to build children’s vocabulary and language
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Recommendation 6: Build children’s knowledge of letters and sounds
October 1, 2022

This is a one-page summary from the sixth recommendation from the Preparing Young Children for School Practice Guide: Build children’s knowledge of letters and sounds
Reference
Recommendation 7: Use shared book reading to develop children’s language, knowledge of print features, and knowledge of the world
October 1, 2022

This is a one-page summary from the seventh recommendation from the Preparing Young Children for School Practice Guide: Use shared book reading to develop children’s language, knowledge of print featu...
Video
Recommended Practices for Mathematical Ideas and Language
September 29, 2022

This recorded webinar discusses recommended practices for Mathematical Ideas and Language.
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Recommended Practices for Vocabulary, Letters, and Shared Book Reading
September 29, 2022

This recorded webinar discusses recommended practices for Vocabulary, Letters, and Shared Book Reading.
Video
Recommended Practices for Social-Emotional Learning and Executive Function
September 27, 2022

This recorded webinar discusses recommended practices for Social-Emotional Learning and Executive Function.
Reference
Presentation Materials: What Works Clearinghouse Practice Guide on Preparing Young Children for School
August 1, 2022

This slide deck can be used to present on the recommendations, how-to steps, and examples presented in the guide.

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