with special contribution from Marcia Reed, Lead ECSE teacher of Mounds View Public Schools
In an age of increased accountability and expectations, early childhood programs, school districts and other early care and education settings are often inspired to employ best-practices and high-quality interventions to meet the needs of their students. Research findings have contributed to resources for early childhood professionals to access such practices, such as the What Works Clearinghouse. However, contrary to popular opinion, there isn’t necessarily a correlation between quality and cost. While it’s true that there are some exceptionally well-constructed measurement tools, curricula or intervention that may be worth their weight in gold, there seem to be just as many poorly designed or ineffective measurement tools, curricula or intervention that don’t measure up.