Recent trends for introducing early education can be witnessed almost all over the world (Neugebauer 2007), with focus placed upon educational experience from birth to school age, thematic organization of early education and use of mixed-age/multicultural groups (Krogh & Slentz 2010). It has been shown that Early Head Start program helps children from low-income families to have higher academic success (Bradley & Chazan-Cohen & Raikes 2009); recent research in pre-school development standards shows evidence that all states are moving towards clear early educational standards and integrate them with K-12 programs (Scott-Little & Lesko & Martella & Milburn 2007). The effect of early education programs and activities, contrary to previous fears, have proved to be significantly positive for the academic performance of children and for their future success as active society members (Lee & Hayden 2009).
Among research on early childhood education the book by Krogh and Slentz (2010) called “Early Childhood Education: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow” should be noted. The book covers philosophical and historical perspectives of early child development, deals with individual and cultural differences, discusses modern controversial issues and gives an overview of future potential of early childhood education. Currency: strong, relevancy: strong, credibility: strong.
Lee and Hayden (2009) presented the article called “Early Childhood Care and Education: Worldwide Challenges and Progresses” which describes worldwide interest to early years education, research findings indicating positive effect of early education on future success and focused approaches to preschool education emerging all over the world. Currency: strong, relevancy: strong, credibility: medium.
The article written by Scott-Little, Lesko, Martella and Milburn (2007) called “Early Learning Standards: Results from a National Survey to Document Trends in State-Level Policies and Practices” provides the analysis of changes in state definitions of early learning standards during the 2003-2007 period. The article also contains further consideration of trends, consequences and areas where more research is needed. Currency: medium, relevancy: strong, credibility: strong.
Work of Bradley, Chazan-Cohen and Raikes (2009) deals with effects of Early Head Start program; analysis of a research and evaluation study and impact of the program on cognitive abilities of children from low-income families is considered. High impact of parental involvement and need for training parents were identified as one of unexpected trends. Currency: strong, relevancy: medium, credibility: strong.
The work of Neugebauer (2007) called “Early Childhood Trends Around the World” provides a very informative overview of members of World Forum Community on the trends in early development. 24 countries or geographic regions are presented in this overview, which allows to construct a global picture of existing trends. Currency: medium, relevancy: strong, credibility: medium.
Bradley, R. H. & Chazan-Cohen, R. & Raikes, H. (2009). The Impact of Early Head Start on School Readiness: New Looks. Early Education & Development, 20(6), 883-892.
Krogh, S.L. & Slentz, K.L. (2010). Early Childhood Education: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow. Taylor & Francis.
Lee, Y. & Hayden, M. (2009). Early Childhood Care and Education: Worldwide Challenges and Progresses. Current Issues in Comparative Education, 11, 3-5.
Neugebauer, R. (2007). Early Childhood Trends Around the World. Exchange, 13 (5-6), 58-68.
Scott-Little, C. & Lesko, J. & Martella, J. & Milburn, P. (2007). Early Learning Standards: Results from a National Survey to Document Trends in State-Level Policies and Practices. Early Childhood Research and Practice, 9 (1). Available from http://ecrp.uiuc.edu/v9n1/little.html, accessed at April 2, 2011.