Tag Archives: early childhood education

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Love Letters for Computers

I fell in love the moment my dad brought our first clunky computer home. Like many other children who grew up in the 1990s, I grew up using computers to write stories and explore the Internet. The term “computer science” conjured a dark cloak of mystery, with a hoodie, or a pair of dungarees.  Yet […]

Preparing Early Learners for Future Success Through STEM

If you follow the news or have a child in school, it’s easy to believe that science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts are more prominent than ever before. And certainly, the importance of STEM learning and STEM experiences are enjoying a renaissance of media coverage. The reality is, however, that our children have always […]

Bringing Drama (and Literacy) to Early STEM—and Vice Versa

Opening minds to new ways of thinking about STEM for young children Researchers who study children often point out that teaching science and math in the early years is also a great way to support children’s literacy skills. But teachers and administrators lament that it is not so easy to integrate these subjects in day-to-day […]

Developing an Evidence-Based Early Math App

What if there was a better way to introduce math to young kids? For a parent, one of the first math concepts they teach their child is to count to 10. In this exercise, repetition is the name of the game: “Let’s count to 10!…Good! Now, let’s do it again!” While rote learning of the […]

4 Things Everyone Should Know About Early STEM Learning

This post originally appeared on Common Sense Education and appears here with permission.   Watch a group of preschoolers working in a garden. It’s cute, right? But it turns out they’re learning more than you’d think. According to our new NSF-funded report, STEM Starts Early, co-published by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop and New America, there’s […]

Webinar: Engaging Communities of Practice with STEM Ecosystems

On March 29, the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, New America, and the Erikson Institute presented a webinar on integrating STEM into early childhood education to the STEM Ecosystems group at TIES, The Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM. TIES focuses on STEM school design, STEM curriculum, and instructional support for schools. As our country’s leading STEM innovator, […]

A STEM Story for Early STEM Learning

Watch a group of young children in a community garden. They’ll dig in the soil, find and play with earthworms and insects, plant seeds in patches of sunlight, and come back to watch them sprout, grow, and bear fruit. With a little help, these kids can be doing more than simply playing in the dirt. […]

Fostering STEM Trajectories: A Plan of Action

Picture this: You enter a preschool classroom and hear the splashes and giggles of children around a water table. You approach an elementary school and see a small group of children on a guided nature walk, investigating the blossoms on a flowering tree, while another group is measuring the dimensions of a jungle gym and […]

Fostering STEM Trajectories: Bridging ECE Research, Practice, & Policy

On May 31-June 1, 2016, the Joan Ganz Cooney Center and New America co-hosted an early STEM convening in Washington, D.C. funded by the National Science Foundation. Read on for highlights from the event. Day One The event kicked off with a warm welcome from Lisa Guernsey, Deputy Director of the Education Policy Program and […]

National Association for the Education of Young Children Conference

The NAEYC Annual Conference & Expo invites teachers, researchers, administrators and anyone involved in early childhood education for a unique professional development opportunity. The conference exposes attendees to the latest research and best practices in early childhood education and offers a comprehensive networking experience. This year’s conference will focus on Developmentally Appropriate Practices in the […]