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Position Statement on Early Childhood Art Education

National Art Education Association, Revised 2013. (PDF, 2 pgs.)

The visual arts are essential to early learning. Every child is innately curious and seeks to construct personal knowledge and understanding of the world. Children construct knowledge in meaningful social contexts with peers and adults. Children experience their environment in holistic ways that are best served by an interdisciplinary approach that includes both guided and spontaneous learning experiences. The visual arts support multiple ways of knowing and learning that are inherent in the unique nature of each child. The visual arts empower children to communicate, represent, and express their thoughts, feelings, and perceptions. The visual arts offer opportunities to develop creativity, imagination, and flexible thinking. The arts enrich a young child’s understanding of diverse cultures. Early childhood art programs should be comprehensive in scope, including studio experiences, interactions with artists, real and/or virtual visits to museums and art galleries, and opportunities to respond to art through conversation, storytelling, play, dramatics, movement, music, and art making. For additional information, please refer to the Position Paper on the Early Childhood Issues Group section of the NAEA website.

Preschool Education and Its Lasting Effects: Research and Policy Implications

Education and the Public Interest Center and Education Policy Research Unit, 2008. (PDF, 37 pgs.)

Amid debate over the benefit of preschool programs, this brief examines what researchers currently know about the potential of those programs to bring about positive change.

Beyond the Basics: Achieving a Liberal Education for All Children

Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, 2007. (web publication)

In the era of NCLB, liberal learning is on the defensive. This report develops the rationale for liberal education in the primary and secondary grades, explores what policymakers and educators at all levels can to do sustain liberal learning, and sketches an unlovely future if we fail.

Child Trends DataBank: Infants and Young Children

Child Trends, 2012. (web resource)

The Child Trends Databank is a one-stop source for the latest national trends and research on over 100 key indicators of child and youth well-being. This information is provided by Child Trends, a national leader in the field for over 30 years.

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Fast, Free, Online: The ASCD School Improvement Tool

Designed for use in schools and districts, the free ASCD School Improvement Tool offers educators a comprehensive and completely online needs assessment.