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Policy Matters: Early Childhood Education – Four-Year-Old Kindergarten

By Emily Carroll

On March 5, 2015, Clemson University’s Eugene T. Moore School of Education; the College of Health, Education and Human Development; and Clemson Broadcast Productions, premiered a new webcast series exploring educational policy topics that impact student success. The series is entitled Policy Matters: Showcasing Education That Works. It is based on the premise that to ensure sustainable, positive change in the educational field, evidenced-based policies need to be in place at every level of government. The intention of the series is to provide strong content about educational policy issues and to showcase models of individuals, schools, and communities affecting positive change.

The Institute for Child Success (ICS) was honored to be part of the inaugural episode that focused on the early years, the importance of four-year-old kindergarten (4K), and the policies that guide practice and provide funding for South Carolina’s children.

During this episode, Policy Matters visits various 4K settings in South Carolina, as well as a private childcare center. It also provides background on the research efforts that affect publicly funded 4K programs and the position of various legislators on the importance of 4K in South Carolina.

In the final segment of this episode, Dr. Dee Stegelin—an early childhood professor at the Eugene T. Moore School of Education and ICS Research Committee member—leads a panel discussion on the importance of such policy.  Members of the panel include retired businessman Dave Morley; Dan Wuori from the SC Office of First Steps; and Joe Water from ICS.  The panel provides different perspectives on the issue of 4K in South Carolina and the future of policies and programs that affect the lives of South Carolina’s youngest children.

To view the webcast, go to http://www.clemson.edu/hehd/departments/education/impactingsc/education-policy/current-episode.html.

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