tied to academic lessons throughout
Fortunately, many schools and commu-
garten in the era of accountability. Baltimore:
the day. Although Matt’s behavior in
nities are responding to this new view of
the classroom improved, his parents
school readiness in productive ways. EL
Rimm-Kaufman, S., Curby, T., Grimm, K.,
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reported that he was less enthusiastic
contribution of children’s self-regulation
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and classroom quality to children’s
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Equally important is the learning envi-
The five to seven shift: The age of reason and
children enter kindergarten? A question
ronment and how the adults in the
responsibility (pp. 363–387). Chicago:
for policy makers and parents. SRCD
child’s life work together to support his
University of Chicago Press.
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or her progress.
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Denise H. Daniels is a professor in the
members of the community must collab-
between children and teachers. Washington, Department of Psychology and Child
DC: American Psychological Association. Development at California Polytechnic
orate to support children’s adjustment
Pianta, R., Cox, M., & Snow, K. (2007).
State University, San Luis Obispo;
during this crucial time of transition.
School readiness and the transition to kinder- firstname.lastname@example.org.
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