Friday, October 27, 2017

Cradle to Kindergarten draws local leaders and policy makers to discuss early childhood education

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A conversation about the book Cradle to Kindergarten was held on October 18 in Prechter. This newly released text offers a comprehensive, evidence-based strategy that diagnoses the obstacles to early learning and development, and charts a path to opportunity for all children. The event was co-sponsored by the School of Education, the Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning, and Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan.

The book talk was presented by SOE professor Christina Weiland and co-author Ajay Chaudry from New York University. The talk was followed by an audience Q&A, a book signing, and a reception with the authors. In addition to members of the university community, guests included local board members, policy makers, and school and community leaders.

In her presentation, Weiland described the significant gaps in math proficiency and literacy that exist along racial and socioeconomic lines. She said that one cause of this discrepancy is that American spending on preschool “is among the lowest internationally” and it is “out of step with the rest of the world.” Chaudry, her colleague, added that “higher quality preschool can also significantly decrease the achievement gap.”

Weiland, Chaudry, and their co-authors Taryn Morrissey and Hirokazu Yoshikawa have presented statistics, stories of family experiences, and suggested budget proposals in their book as well. “Cradle to Kindergarten has the power to launch educational reform,” said Dean Elizabeth Birr Moje.

Christina Weiland is Assistant Professor

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