Position Papers

Defending the Early Years writes position papers and position statements as important topics emerge impacting developmentally appropriate early childhood education. We urge policymakers to consider the research-based opinions of DEY's early childhood experts.

A Statement in Solidarity by Defending the Early Years

We at Defending the Early Years are deeply saddened and troubled by the continued assault on Black lives that claimed…

Preschoolers and the National Day of Action Against Gun Violence in Schools

DEY’S Position Statement: Preschoolers and the National Day of Action Against Gun Violence in Schools on April 20

Click to download DEY’s Position Statement on the April 20 National Day of Action Against Gun Violence (2018) Students, parents,…

Defending the Early Years -- What Parents Need to Know

What Parents Need to Know about the Common Core

SIX REASONS TO OPPOSE COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS FOR K-3RD GRADE 1) The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are developmentally…

DEY -- What parents should know about Common Core in Spanish

Lo Que Todos Padres Deben Saber

SEIS RAZONES PARA RECHAZAR LAS NORMAS ESTATALES “COMMON CORE” EN LOS GRADOS K-3ro 1) Las Normas del Estado conocidas como…

DEY -- Six Principles to Guide Policy

Six Principles to Guide Policy

1. Young children learn through active, direct experiences and play. Young children learn best through active learning experiences within meaningful…

DEY -- Position Statement on Standards and Testing for Young Children

Position Statement on Standards and Testing for Young Children

DEY’s Position Statement on Standards and Testing for Young Children