Resources for educators who want to create the best possible school environment for teachers and students.


The following documents are provided by the Early Learning Foundation. Please feel free to download or print any of the following pdf’s, video files, or audio files. NOTE: These articles are free to use, but cannot, in any form, be altered.

  • A Proposal for Achieving High Returns on Early Childhood Development

    Rob Grunewald and Arthur Rolnick give an economic perspective on the importance of the investment in early childhood success experiences for our children.

  • Classroom Routines. Planning and Certification of Quality Classroom Routines.

    Use this process to plan high-quality classroom routines.  Then teach, practice, and tweak the routine until it works really well in your classroom.  Then ask your peers to give you feedback, and possibly certify that this has reached the standard of a high quality classroom routine.

  • Competency Based Early Childhood Learning
  • Essential Math Skills Inventory, Pre-K to Grade 3, intro and protocol

    The Essential Math Skills Inventory includes the early childhood math skills which are crucial to develop to deep understanding and application.

  • Essential Math Skills Rubric

    The rubric for the Essential Math Skills defines proficiency for each skill. Skills should be demonstrated over a period of time (at least 2 weeks) using at least three or four different learning materials or learning contexts.

  • Essential Skills for Equal Opportunity

    Article by Dr. Bob Sornson, outlining the skills every child needs to have an equal oppurtunity for success.

  • Guiding-Principles-for-Highly-Successful-Parenting.pdf

    This five-part parent education series offers parents the opportunity to practice one new skill after each session.  The effect is life changing.  In your community you can train facilitators to offer this training for many years to come.

  • How I Learn Best

    This is a tool for middle school, high school, and adult learners to assess their own learning strengths and preferences. In about an hour, you will learn how to devise a learning plan that works best for you!

  • Identify and Focus on Essential Learning Outcomes

    At the beginning of the 2015-16 school year, preschool students in the Corinth-Alcorn-Prentiss Learning Collaborative were tested using the Star Early Literacy assessment as part of a state-wide assessment process.  Only 20.1% of these children scored at or above a standard score of 498, the level associated with readiness for Kindergarten entry.  By the end of the year, more than 85% of the students showed the literacy skills for K readiness.

    This pattern of growth gave this collaborative in Northeast Mississippi the highest rate of kindergarten literacy readiness in the state.  Student literacy readiness improved from an average scaled score of 434 in the fall to 597 in the spring, according to the MDE’s Preschool Assessment Result for Early Learning Collaboratives (2016).

  • Information Packet Essential Skill Inventories Pre-K to Grade 3

    The Preschool to Grade 3 Essential Skill Inventories offer a simple framework to ensure that more students develop competency in crucial language, literacy, sensory-motor, numeracy, self-care, and self-regulation skills.   A competency based learning system asks teachers to understand the individual needs of students, and carefully lead them on the pathway to competency.

  • James Heckman Early Education, Investing in our Young People

    James Heckman is a Nobel Prize winning economist. He is a strong proponent of increasing the nation’s investment in children in the early years.

  • PRESCHOOL-ESSENTIAL-SKILL-INVENTORY-documentation-for-use1.pdf

    The Preschool Essential Skill Inventory provides a competency based learning framework for the essential skills in every domain of early childhood. The inventory keeps teachers on track to help every child develop these skills which predict readiness for Kindergarten and on-going learning success

  • Reduce the Need for Special Ed Placement, October 2007 EdLeadership

    For decades, educators have worked within a public school system that requires us to wait for students to develop severe learning problems before we declare them eligible for special education and finally offer significant learning support.

    Allowing students to struggle for years as they move toward eligibility is frustrating and wrong.Waiting for a child to develop a significant discrepancy between potential and achievement—the failure model—is a discredited idea.

    The Early Learning Success Initiative offers an alternative approach in which students’ skills are carefully monitored and classroom teachers can quickly receive support to help them understand and respond to the needs of at-risk students.

  • Summertime-Routines-for-Highly-Effective-Families.pdf

    These five steps will help you plan family routines for the best summer yet for you and your children.

  • The Developmental Skill Profiles Ages 3 to 8

    The Developmental Skill Profiles describe the sequence of skills to be developed during the crucial Preschool to Grade 3 years.

  • The Myth of More ASCD Express Jan 21, 2010

    In school districts and in states across the county, the tendency to ask teachers to include more content in the plan for instruction has become unrelenting. Along these same lines, the recent push toward the creation of national standards for grade-level content, if not implemented strategically, could increase the mad dash toward more coverage, possibly resulting in less student learning. From the vital early learning years through high school and beyond, it is time to reconsider how we race through content. It has become our responsibility to help every possible child develop solid early learning skills and a love of learning and to encourage ongoing successful learning throughout life
    Resources for teachers who want to help their students succeed and excel in school and life.

  • W. Steven Barnett, Early Childhood Development and Social Mobility

    Barnett and Belfield offer a compelling review of the research which supports improving preschool options for America’s children.


The following documents are property of the Love and Logic InstitutePlease feel free to download or print any of the following pdf’s.  NOTE: These articles are free to use, but cannot, in any form, be altered.