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

12/15/2009

The findings of the federally funded studies that were the focus of this meeting offer promise for valid conclusions regarding the effectiveness of early childhood interventions in improving classroom practices and promoting children's school readiness. There is also a growing body of literature on the professional development approaches associated with teaching practice and children's outcomes. However, there are still large gaps in our knowledge base about exactly the questions of greatest concern to the fieldwhat works for which children, under which conditions, and for which outcomes.  The conceptual and methodological challenges that remain suggest some strategic next steps to inform a future research agenda, which emerged from the meeting.

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