In September 2015, members of the P-3 Salon travelled to the Bay Area to share best practices with early education researchers, champions, and practitioners from both the Bay Area and the Seattle region. One dividend of that experience is the introduction of the Ready4K program to San Diego County. Ready4K sends text messages to parents with children entering school to remind them to engage in literacy activities with their children. Developed at Stanford University and piloted at a school in the Bay Area, Ready4K proved to create learning gains for children. Members of the P-3 Salon have brought the concept back to San Diego and it has been adopted into schools in Chula Vista Elementary School District. Learn more about Ready4K here: http://news.stanford.edu/news/2014/november/texting-literacy-tips-111714.html
Attendees at the P3SD Conference on July 31, 2015 shared their P3SD Dreams to suggest a different and better future for education for San Diego’s children. What resonates for you? Please click through the slideshow below and leave us your comments.
The best resource for answering this question comes from the California Department of Education. Their Quality Continuum Framework lists the Common QRIS Elements as:
Child Development and School Readiness
- Early Learning and Development Standards to include developmentally, culturally, and linguistically appropriate teaching strategies, interactions and environments.
- Comprehensive Assessment System to include a developmental and behavioral screening with follow-up and ongoing observational child assessment.
- Health Promotion Practices to include mental health and health screening.
Teachers and Teaching
- Early Childhood Educator Qualifications
- Effective Teacher-Child Interactions
Program and Environment
- Licensing and Regulatory Requirements to include both DSS/CCL Title 22 and CDE Title 5 regulatory requirements.
- Program Administration and Leadership
- Family Engagement
- Effective Data Practices
More information on QRIS and additional resources can be found on the California Department of Education’s website.
According to a 20-year retrospective study published in the July 2015 edition of the American Journal of Public Health, there is evidence that “noncognitive ability in the form of self-control in childhood [is] predictive of adult outcomes ranging from physical health to crime to substance abuse.”
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which funded the study, reported some key findings in their research brief:
For every one-point increase on the 5-point scale in a child’s social competence score in kindergarten, he/she was:
- Twice as likely to attain a college degree in early adulthood;
- 54% more likely to earn a high school diploma; and
- 46% more likely to have a full-time job at the age of 25.
For every one-point decrease in a child’s social competence score in kindergarten, he/she had:
- 67% higher chance of having been arrested by early adulthood;
- 82% higher rate of recent marijuana usage; and
- 82% higher chance of being in or on a waiting list for public housing.
Special thanks to Sarah Garrity, Ed.D., for her help in answering this question. Sarah is a P3SD Salon member and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Child and Family Development at San Diego State University.