Early elementary education focuses on students in kindergarten through 3rd grade. Experts say this group deserves special consideration as they develop the skills in reading, writing and math that they’ll need to succeed in middle and high school.
Watch how one school embraces the science of reading and phonics to teach children to read.
Early childhood educators should support and celebrate the cultures, languages and circumstances of the children in their care.
California settled a lawsuit over literacy by giving 70 schools with the lowest 2019 test scores extra funding to teach children to read. Less than half of all third graders in the state scored at grade level in reading.
California won’t be making kindergarten mandatory or extending the kindergarten school day any time soon.
Attendance in kindergarten should not be optional, and voluntary participation results in too many parents delaying their child’s entrance into school until first grade.
After decades of underfunding its public schools, California's investments in equity and literacy are showing progress.
Scientists, teachers, and parents battle over the best way to teach reading amid a literacy crisis.
This year even more than usual, teachers say, parents might want to help their children prepare for TK.
A statewide pilot project in California is aimed at boosting the confidence of early childhood educators, child care providers and elementary school teachers to teach math.
LAUSD and other school districts nationwide are still trying to figure out the whereabouts of children who did not return to school after the pandemic.
State commission hopes new credential will help attract thousands of teachers for transitional kindergarten; literacy advocates press for strong literacy standards.
Children from low-income families often start school with fewer academic skills than their more affluent peers, experts say, an issue exacerbated by the pandemic.
Educators and advocates at an EdSource roundtable urged state leaders to expand research-based teacher training on early literacy and "take responsibility" for California's literacy crisis.
Two bills in the California Legislature would fundamentally change the kindergarten experience to reflect the current heightened attention to the importance of early childhood education.
State education leaders put their support behind Gov. Gavin Newsom's proposal to pay for literacy coaches and specialists at schools with low reading scores.