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Early Childhood Education

The early years of a child’s education are among the most critical for learning. From training teachers to cultivating partnerships across Virginia and beyond, UVA EHD is deeply engaged in how to improve education for our littlest learners.

99%
of Virginia's kindergarteners take EHD's readiness assessments

Research to Classroom

UVA EHD’s innovations in assessing and supporting young learners are used in thousands of classrooms across the country.

Letters on a wall spell out "We're Hopping Into Kindergarten" surrounded by children's artwork of frogs with red tongues made of paper plates and ribbons
Kindergarten Readiness

EHD's suite of assessments that measures how prepared a child is for kindergarten is now in every single kindergarten classroom in both Virginia and Louisiana.

50
states use tools developed at the School of Education and Human Development
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Literacy Screening

The Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening—or PALS—has become the gold standard for the reading assessment of PreK-3rd grade students. 

STREAMin3

Now available as a low- to no-cost option for all publicly funded early childhood classrooms in Virginia, STREAMin³ is a comprehensive curriculum model for birth to five that seamlessly blends a focus on academic and social-emotional learning.

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Related News: Early Childhood Education

Research: Early Childhood Education

Professionalizing the Child Care Workforce: Understanding the Low Rates of Credential Completion among Early Educators

This report uses administrative data to track the experiences of over 1000 child care teachers who began working towards the ECAC between 2016 and 2018.

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Implementation Evaluation of the STREAMin3 Curriculum Model

In this report, we present information about a newly developed, comprehensive, and integrated curriculum, STREAMin3, and findings from a pilot evaluation of this curriculum. STREAMin3 was designed for educators’ use in group-based settings serving children from birth to age five.

The Effects of Financial Incentives on Teacher Turnover in Early Childhood Settings: Experimental Evidence from Virginia

As part of a research-policy partnership, we conducted the first randomized controlled trial testing the impacts of financial incentives on teacher turnover in ECE settings.

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The Importance of Financial Supports for Child Care Teachers during the Pandemic: New Findings from Virginia

Since 2019, Virginia has been piloting the Teacher Recognition Program (TRP), a financial incentive program aimed at supporting early educators and reducing turnover.

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Teacher Turnover in Child Care: Pre-Pandemic Evidence from Virginia

This report describes teacher turnover over an eight-month period in a sample of over 1,000 Virginia child care teachers.

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Child Care Staffing Challenges during the Pandemic: Lessons from Child Care Leaders in Virginia

This report describes child care leaders’ staffing challenges during the COVID pandemic using data from a Fall 2020 survey of 262 Virginia child care leaders.

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Parents' and children's gendered beliefs about toys and screen media

We studied parent and child gendered beliefs about toy types and screen media. Parents had stereotypical gender beliefs for spatial/non-spatial toys but not media. Children claimed their own gender is better at and prefers all toy types. Parents rated screen media as less educational than physical toys.

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