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Only a few spots left for the 2016-2017 Virginia Kindergarten Readiness Program!

School Division Leaders: Space is limited for the 2016-2017 Virginia Kindergarten Readiness Program! The 2014 VKRP pilot project discovered that 34 percent of children in the Commonwealth arrive at kindergarten unprepared in one or more critical learning domains (literacy, math, self-regulation, and social skills). In 2015, Virginia initiated a statewide implementation of the VKRP in […]

Virginia Kindergarten Readiness Program to double participation in 2016-17!

Calling all school divisions!  UVA CASTL is recruiting school districts to participate in Virginia’s Kindergarten Readiness Project (VKRP) this fall!  See below for an announcement from UVA CASTL with all the details: In the fall 2014, sixteen school divisions partnered with UVA & E3 in piloting an expanded assessment of children’s kindergarten readiness skills, to […]

The Issue’s Been Elevated….

  ….take a look at what’s been happening in early education! BUDGET Legislative Department: Continuation of the “Money” Committees’ VPI Study The Chairmen of House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees shall each appoint up to five members from their respective committees to a Joint Subcommittee to provide recommendations on reforming the Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI).  The Join […]

Are Virginia’s Kids On Your List This Year?

Now is the time to put Virginia’s children at the top of your list!  Last fall, 34% of Virginia’s children entered our kindergarten classrooms ready to fail.[1] Children who enter kindergarten behind their peers rarely catch up; instead the achievement and readiness gaps widen over time.  These children are more likely to fall behind grade-level […]

The Only Solution is High-Quality for Virginia’s Kids!

Virginia’s goal should be high quality for kids. When it comes to outcomes for our children, it’s all about high quality.  Expanding mediocre programs that are underfunded and inadequately monitored is NOT good for children. Check out David Kirp’s editorial piece in the NYT on the recent Vanderbilt study on Tennessee’s preschool program. It turns out that […]

Virginia Kindergarten Readiness Project begins statewide rollout in 2015-16!

The statewide rollout for Virginia’s Kindergarten Readiness Project has begun!  See below for all the details from UVA CASTL and learn how your school district can take part in the next phase! In the fall 2014, sixteen school divisions partnered with UVA & E3 in piloting an expanded assessment of children’s kindergarten readiness skills, to compliment […]

New Report: Social and emotional development: The next school reform frontier

  Last week, The Brookings Institute released a paper on the importance of focusing on social and emotional development to ensure children’s academic success.  In the paper, author Hugh Price, calls for a new educational paradigm that focuses on both the academic AND social development of struggling students noting, “Students who struggle perpetually in school […]

In The News: Brain Science Shows Poor Kids Have Smaller Brains Than Affluent Kids

  A recent article in The Washington Post  cited a new study published in Nature Neuroscience which found that poor children have smaller brains than their more affluent peers.  The study examined nearly 1,100 children ranging in age from 3-20 and found that the brains of children from families who earned less than $25,000 a year had surface […]

Watch: Kindergarten Kickoff

Entering kindergarten is a major milestone for every child and, for many, can be an adjustment. To help make the transition a little bit easier, our friends at the Suffolk Early Childhood Development Commission (ECDC) recently put together two videos to help equip and prepare both parents and children as they get ready to head to kindergarten […]

1/3 of Virginia’s Kids Not Ready

Earlier this month, The University of Virginia Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (UVA CASTL) released their final report as part of Virginia’s Kindergarten Readiness Project (VKRP), a two-year study commissioned by the Virginia Legislature and E3: Elevate Early Education. VKRP implemented and evaluated a comprehensive readiness assessment, which provides the Commonwealth, districts, schools […]

In The News: Governor McAuliffe Announces $17.5 Million Federal Preschool Expansion Grant

RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Virginia has been awarded a $17.5 million federal Preschool Expansion Grant that will allow the Commonwealth to serve as many as 1,600 additional at-risk four-year-olds in new, high-quality preschool classes. In addition, the grant will fund enhanced services to approximately 1,400 children in existing pre-kindergarten classrooms.“Expanding preschool […]

In The News: E3 Board Member Receives Darden Award

Last night, one of E3’s founding board members, Jane Batten, received the prestigious Darden Award for Regional Leadership.  The award is given annually by The Civic Leadership Institute to an individual who creates sustainable efforts toward the betterment of life for the people of the Hampton Roads Region. Jane was recognized for her longstanding philanthropic leadership in […]

Watch: The Economics of Early Childhood

Last week, The Virginia Chamber of Commerce and the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation co-sponsored an executive briefing on the Economics of Early Childhood. The briefing featured Mike Petters, CEO of Huntington Ingalls Industries, who spoke on the importance of investing in early education because as Petters says, “the earlier you fix a problem, the better […]

Watch: The New E3 School featured on Cox 11’s Hot Ticket

Last month, E3 hosted a hard hat tour and Challenge Campaign kickoff event for business, civic and philanthropic leaders in the South Hampton Roads region to see first-hand the vision and progress of The New E3 School. Cox 11 was on-hand to interview local business and civic leaders, as well as elected officials on the […]

In The News: Saint Patrick Catholic School Celebrates 10 Years Since Groundbreaking

Last week marked the 10th anniversary of the groundbreaking for Saint Patrick Catholic School in Norfolk, VA.  Since they broke ground, Saint Patrick’s has been driven by the vision of an excellent, faith-filled education of the whole child, while always remaining accessible and welcoming to families from all walks of life.  In fact, 3 out of […]
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