Houghton Mifflin Co. News Release - June 27, 2005
Houghton Mifflin Launches Pre-K Program
New Curriculum Meets Early Reading First Criteria
— June 27, 2005 — Houghton
Mifflin Company has announced the launch of Houghton Mifflin PRE-K: Where
Bright Futures Begin, a brand new, comprehensive, integrated pre-K program
that provides children with the foundational skills they need to succeed as
The new curriculum is based on scientific research and is aligned with key
critical pre-K learning goals, including those defined by Early Reading First,
Head Start, the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the
International Reading Association, the National Council of Teachers of
Mathematics and state frameworks.
“We developed Houghton Mifflin PRE-K to meet the growing needs of
educators nationwide,” said Ali Sullo, publisher, Houghton Mifflin School
Division. “This new program encourages hands-on, minds-on learning that builds
a solid foundation for enduring success. It’s a total package that gives
teachers everything they need to provide instruction, activities and learning
centers in their pre-K classrooms.”
In its “2004 State Preschool Yearbook,” the National Institute for Early
Education Research reports that preschool education is widely recognized as an
engine of success for children, but across the U.S., high-quality curriculum
programs are the exception rather than the rule.
The core of the Houghton Mifflin curriculum features high-quality literature,
child-centered themes and a flexible lesson structure that specifically
develops critical early literacy skills, such as oral language, listening
comprehension, vocabulary, phonological awareness, print awareness and
alphabet knowledge. The program also teaches mathematics on a daily basis, and
incorporates activities to address social/emotional development, physical
development, science, social studies, music and art.
The authors of Houghton Mifflin PRE-K are Dr. Sue Bredekamp, director
of research for the Council for Early Childhood Professional Recognition; Dr.
Lesley Mandel Morrow, professor of literacy and early childhood/elementary
education at the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University; and Dr.
Jack Pikulski, professor of education at the University of Delaware and senior
author of Houghton Mifflin Reading.
About Houghton Mifflin
Boston-based Houghton Mifflin Company is
one of the leading educational publishers in the United States, with over $1
billion in sales. Houghton Mifflin publishes textbooks, instructional
technology, assessments and other educational materials for elementary and
secondary schools and colleges. The Company also publishes an extensive line
of reference works and award-winning fiction and nonfiction for adults and
young readers. Houghton Mifflin offers computer-administered testing programs
and services for the professional and certification markets. With its origins
dating back to 1832, Houghton Mifflin combines its tradition of excellence
with a commitment to innovation. The Company's Web site can be found at www.hmco.com.
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Houghton Mifflin Company