Report Roundup: Off to a Good Start

Amy Bracken
April 1, 2001

This report looks at research on the risk and protective factors for early school problems or success, analyzes federal policies affecting children’s chances of success in their transition to school and discusses the degree to which federal programs correspond to research. The report reviews whether the federal programs deal with such risk factors as low levels of maternal education (which predict high rates of early grade failures) and conflict with kindergarten teachers (which predicts social problems in first grade), and build on protective factors such as high numbers of early grade classroom friends and open relationships with early grade teachers. The findings are based on review, commentary, theoretical and journal articles published between 1986 and 1998. 221 pages. Free. NIMH Public Affairs Branch, 6001 Executive Blvd., Rm. 8184, MSC 9663, Bethesda, MD 20892. (301) 443-4536. fdnconsb.htm.

Bracken, Amy. "Off to a Good Start." Report Roundup. Youth Today, April 2001, p. 41.

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