Proceedings from a Working Meeting on School Readiness Research: Guiding the Synthesis of Early Childhood Research. Introduction

12/15/2009

Effective teachers have long been considered essential to a high-quality early childhood education that prepares children to succeed in school.  Recent expansions of publicly-funded preschool programs have increased the need for effective early childhood teachers who have the skills necessary to interact with children in ways that promote their social-emotional development, learning, and overall readiness to succeed in school.  But, what are the best ways to improve the effectiveness of existing early care and education teachers and staff?  This paper draws lessons from recent federally-sponsored research to explore that question.

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