Early Ed Watch’s Lisa Guernsey makes some timely and critical remarks on Secretary Duncan’s address to NAEYC which really hit the bulls-eye for those us thinking about statewide early childhood systems and what ‘outcomes’ really mean in the field. Duncan highlighted some of the challenges faced as well as his resolve to work more with Health and Human Services (where head start programs reside) than his predecessors. The importance of ‘follow through’ and ‘raising the bar’ were cornerstones of his address. He did tie everything back to needing a more holistic system of education as even the best comprehensive early childhood system is not as useful if the child enters a lower performing elementary school; therefore the focus needs to be one that aims to educate the whole child socially, emotionally, and developmentally.
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For the rest of Ms. Guernsey’s take on Duncan’s address visit: Early Ed Watch: Duncan’s address