Early Education

Providing children with the experiences they need to succeed in school before starting kindergarten is critical. But what should those experiences be? Who should pay for them? As parents, school leaders and policymakers struggle to answer these and other questions, we cover what’s working, and what’s not, in early education. See all our Special Reports

How Finland’s youngest learners obey the rules — by fooling around in school

Master teacher reveals secrets of the world’s best education system

What is it like to run a child care center in one of America’s poorest states?

We surveyed Mississippi providers to find out

Where are the missing child care directors?

Investigation finds child care center directors, responsible for oversight, are frequently absent

Could a plan to improve early education be putting the squeeze on child care centers?

Louisiana educators wrestle over a big idea to overhaul the early years without harming private providers

How child care quality could take a hit when Mississippi’s resource libraries shut down

Child care centers relied on the early education agency the state is now closing with no public plans to replace it

Mississippi expands early childhood education

State superintendent Dr. Carey Wright Photo: Imani Khayyam JACKSON — Just two weeks after Halloween, hundreds of 4-year-olds in high-need areas around the state will receive…

Trump and Clinton say they’ll make child care cheaper, but for whom?

Child care costs, quality, matter in a presidential election for first time in decades.

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Doctors prescribe more Big Bird, less brainless “screen time” for young kids

How quality programming helped alter researcher’s views on “screen time” for kids

One of the worst states at caring for low-income babies and toddlers

Louisiana used to spend little to help parents care for the youngest children; now it’s spending even less

How will 4-year-olds find joy in learning if they lack food, sleep, medicine and shelter?

The high-quality pre-K programs that succeed by addressing the whole child

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