Early Childhood Stakeholder | STEM Ecosystems

It Begins Early…

Families play a vital role in the development of their children

Typically defined as ages 0 – 8, early childhood development lays so much of the foundation for a person’s life.

Join us in a review of research and stories from the field to best support Our Neighborhood in the development of our earliest learners.

Research

Below is an on-going compilation of some research to support family engagement at the 0-8 age range. This is by no means an exhaustive list and we welcome additions to this collection (see submission information here).

Construction and Validation of Two Parent-Report Scales for the Evaluation of Early Intervention Programs

Evidence for the efficacy and reliability to measure family outcomes from efforts by states, under the Individuals with Disabilities Act, to ensure that families of children with disabilities are receiving the required attention to participate in their child’s education.
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A Case Study on Putting Parents at the Center of of Early Childhood Solutions

One in three children are not prepared for kindergarten nationwide. This study identifies ways parents can better support their child’s early learning.
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Science Achievement Gaps Begin Very Early, Persist, and are Largely Explained by Modifiable Factors

Discussion of possible factors affecting science achievement gaps, despite such limited studies since 1992. Many factors identified seem modifiable and recommendations to close science achievement gaps include legislative changes.
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School readiness and later achievement

A longitudinal study looking at the three key elements of school readiness: academic preparedness, ability to pay attention and socioemotional skills. Early math skills proved the strongest predictor of all three.
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Creating Creators: How Can We Enhance Creativity in Education Systems?

Short reflections from the field in favor of prioritizing creativity as central activities for learning.
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Joining Together to Create a Bold Vision for Next Generation Family Engagement Engaging Families to Transform Education

This paper is intended to stimulate work that can result in “next generation family engagement” that involves aligned, strategic and systemic approaches to family and community engagement from a child’s birth to young adulthood.
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What Parents Talk About When They Talk About Learning

Children need adults to provide them with meaningful STEM learning experiences early in life in order to facilitate their natural inclinations for STEM. In particular, parental involvement at home correlates directly with children’s development of literacy and math knowledge.
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Expanding Access and Inclusion in STEM through Culturally Responsive Family Engagement

Girls and youth of color must have roles as creators of technology, and not just its consumers. In order for this to happen, all stakeholders, including out-of-school leaders, must be engaged.
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Principles of Effective Family Engagement

There are six principles for effective family engagement, including co-design, two-way communication, reciprocal relationships and systemic family engagement.
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From Traditional Campaigns to Building a Movement: The Evolution of Family and Community Engagement-Based Advocacy by Sandy Boyd and Michael Gilligan.

Family engagement efforts will be successful when the reliance on issue-focused campaigns shifts to utilizing design thinking and elevating family and community engagement.
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Crossing the Boundaries: Mapping the Gaps between Expert and Public Understandings of Bridging STEM Learning Environments

Children learn STEM in both formal and informal environments, with the most effective learning resulting from experiences that involve connections across various environments and collaborations among formal and informal institutions.
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STEM starts early: Grounding science, technology, engineering, and math education in early childhood

No child develops in a vacuum. Instead, children are profoundly affected by home and school and the complex relationships between all. This comprehensive study offers an extensive list of recommendations intended to help guide STEM integration into early childhood.
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Early STEM Matters: Providing High-Quality STEM Experiences for All Young Leaders

Two-year summary of the work of the Early Childhood STEM Working Group at the University of Chicago, including four key points to consider.
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Stories from the Field & Practical Tips

These are just some stories, ideas and tips from schools and ecosystems on their efforts to engage families in meaningful partnerships. This is by no means an exhaustive list and we welcome additions to this collection (see submission information here).

EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAM HIGHLIGHT - BEDTIME MATH

EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAM HIGHLIGHT – BEDTIME MATH

Bedtime Math is an Out-Of-School Time program which targets children between 3 and 8 years old. This free program encourages continued practice of math skills at home during a crucial time in a child’s intellectual development.
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Newton to Bernoulli - Engaging Tomorrow's Innovators - Early Childhood Workshop by the Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance

Newton to Bernoulli – Engaging Tomorrow’s Innovators – Early Childhood Workshop by the Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance

Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance is engaging and inspiring students at a young age to set them up for STEM success. See two demonstration units appropriate for PreK-3rd grade students on Archimedes and Bernoulli. The Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance presented this workshop as an “Ecosystem to Ecosystem - E2E” session during the Fall 2018 STEM Learning Ecosystems Community of Practice Convening in Newport Beach, CA in November 2018.
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A Panel: STEM in Early Childhood - Why It’s Important to STEM Learning Ecosystems

A Panel: STEM in Early Childhood – Why It’s Important to STEM Learning Ecosystems

Why is early childhood STEM education significant? What is the importance of adopting a larger-than-life, ecosystem perspective when looking at early childhood STEM education? What does that look like in math and science education across multiple learning environments? The session highlights key research findings from leading early childhood STEM education experts. Each researcher discusses one critical area in a brief format followed by a moderated discussion. Newport Beach, CA - Fall 2018 STEM Learning Ecosystems Community of Practice Convening Presenters: Richard Arum, UC Irvine Kimberly Brenneman, Heising-Simons Foundation Deborah J. Stipek, Stanford Graduate School of Education Greg J. Duncan, UC Irvine, Department of Education Douglas Clements, University of Denver, Early Math Education
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The Progress of Education Reform: STEM in Early Childhood: Its Importance & Relevance to STEM Learning Ecosystems

The Progress of Education Reform: STEM in Early Childhood: Its Importance & Relevance to STEM Learning Ecosystems

Highlights of key research findings from leading early childhood STEM education experts to include why early learning is significant across multiple learning environments.
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Design, Build, Create - Early Childhood STEM Toolbox

Design, Build, Create – Early Childhood STEM Toolbox

Early Childhood STEM has its own unique set of challenges concerning developing curriculum and instructional strategies that are developmentally appropriate. The OC STEM initiative partnered with LEGO Education to create an “Early Childhood STEM Toolbox” complete with resources to help ecosystems launch programs in this space.
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An Interview with the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development & Early Learning

An Interview with the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development & Early Learning

An Interview with Dr. Nikole Hollins-Sims, Educational Consultant, Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN) and Sarah Holland, Special Assistant for Family Engagement for the PA Department of Education and Department of Human Services.
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A Brief Interview with Regan Bynder, Early Learning Specialist, from the Ventura County STEM Network

A Brief Interview with Regan Bynder, Early Learning Specialist, from the Ventura County STEM Network

A brief interview with Early Learning Specialist, Regan Bynder of the Ventura County STEM Ecosystem on lessons learned and key takeaways.
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Serious Play: Innovative Early Childhood STEM as a priority - A Workshop by the North Louisiana and New Mexico Ecosystems

Serious Play: Innovative Early Childhood STEM as a priority – A Workshop by the North Louisiana and New Mexico Ecosystems

Many of children’s first STEM experiences occur in informal educational settings such as children’s museums where they engage in hands-on, minds-on activities with parents, caregivers, and museum educators. This panel featured children’s museums and science centers from Louisiana and New Mexico discussing how they engage families in and build awareness around STEM from early ages through play.
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Improving Your Youth Retention Via Early Childhood STEM Programs: A presentation by the Carbon, Schuylkill and Luzerne Counties Ecosystem and the Great Lakes Bay Regional STEM Alliance

Improving Your Youth Retention Via Early Childhood STEM Programs: A presentation by the Carbon, Schuylkill and Luzerne Counties Ecosystem and the Great Lakes Bay Regional STEM Alliance

PreK strategies for families to engage their early learners with relatively little resources. This workshop was an “Ecosystem to Ecosystem - E2E” session during the Fall 2018 STEM Learning Ecosystems Community of Practice Convening in Newport Beach, CA in  November 2018.
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Finding Their Way: Family Engagement with Digital Math Activities Helps Children Develop Spatial Skills

Finding Their Way: Family Engagement with Digital Math Activities Helps Children Develop Spatial Skills

Young children’s mathematical knowledge strongly impacts and predicts their future success in school.
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A Philosophy Focused on Families

A Philosophy Focused on Families

A leader of the Great Lakes Bay Regional STEM Alliance shares how family engagement has become the driving philosophy of her Michigan-based ecosystem.
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A Family Engagement Panel: STEM at Home: A Collaborative Approach to Engaging Families

A Family Engagement Panel: STEM at Home: A Collaborative Approach to Engaging Families

A panel focused on programs that bring STEM directly into the home to engage families. Programs featured include: Math in the Mail and Futuros Radiantes.
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“STEM Starts Early” Authors Present findings on SLECoP Early Learning Webinar

“STEM Starts Early” Authors Present findings on SLECoP Early Learning Webinar

This webinar was made possible by introductions from the Queens, NY STEM Ecosystem - NYSCI NEighbors. It was presented on behalf of the STEM Learning Ecosystems Community of Practice Early Learning resource group in March 2017. Webinar from the authors of “STEM Starts Early” a study seeking to understand the challenges and opportunities in STEM learning for our youngest learners.
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EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAM HIGHLIGHT - MATH IN THE MAIL

EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAM HIGHLIGHT – MATH IN THE MAIL

Six times each year, the Great Lakes Bay STEM Ecosystem sends math kits home to the families of 3 year-olds living in families considered to be low-income. Math in the Mail aims to remove anxiety for parents who fear that they aren’t skilled with math. “It’s also seeks to boost engagement between the parent and child,” says Lori Flippin, STEM Initiative leader for the Great Lakes Bay Region STEM Alliance. Flippin says that since the program’s inception the ecosystem is always looking at its effectiveness and areas where it can improve. “We were concerned that there were populations - especially in one particular county - where the parents may not have the abilities to use those kits,” says Flippin, explaining that they are now working with families in rescue missions and homeless shelters.
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Great Lakes Bay Regional STEM Alliance

Great Lakes Bay Regional STEM Alliance

Great Lakes Bay Region STEM Ecosystem presents a number of initiatives to support STEM learning opportunities for families and young children. Examples will include:
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Big Data for Little Kids

Big Data for Little Kids

A project to design and develop a curriculum to deepen understanding of how young children between 5 and 8 years-old define, collect, represent, and interpret data and how parents engage with children in data inquiry activities in informal learning environments.
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Big Science Little Hands

Big Science Little Hands

Big Science for Little Hands activities were designed for early childhood educators working with children between 3 and 5 years-old  to promote opportunities for hands-on science exploration. Each theme includes small- and large-group activities which can be adapted to any environment.
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STEM in Early Childhood - Why It’s Important to STEM Learning Ecosystems

STEM in Early Childhood – Why It’s Important to STEM Learning Ecosystems

Why It’s Important to STEM Learning Ecosystems Why is early childhood STEM education significant? What is the importance of adopting a larger-life, ecosystem perspective when looking at early childhood STEM education? What does that look like in math and science education across multiple learning environments? The session will highlight key research findings from leading early childhood STEM education experts. Each researcher will discuss one critical area in a brief format followed by a moderated discussion. Newport Beach Fall 2018 - Presenters: Richard Arum Kimberly Brenneman Deborah J. Stipek, Ph.D. Greg J. Duncan Dr. Douglas Clements
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