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

Even preschool teachers can be guilty of racially stereotyping black babies

Perception is a matter of life or death. Now, a new study from Yale University delivers the news that even black babies suffer the burdens racial stereotyping inflicts. Preschool educators’…

Is Mississippi’s child care system backsliding?

Vital programs for vulnerable Mississippi children in limbo as state rushes to meet new federal rules

The state of American preschool, in six parts

Why we need to do more for our littlest learners

Hillary Clinton’s preschool revolution?

Will Clinton’s longtime interest in early childhood help or hurt in the effort to catch up with the rest of the world?

Hillary Clinton answers 10 questions on early education

From infant care to preschool, Clinton—through her campaign—offered The Hechinger Report an exclusive take on her early education policies

More grandparents are raising grandchildren. Here’s how to help them

Parenting the second time around can be more of a challenge, but some new state programs help


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Pop-ups bring preschool to low-income communities

A YMCA program uses libraries, neighborhood centers, churches and even the beach to help kids get ready for school