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

Isn’t desegregation a measure of educational quality?

Real reform begins early and accounts for racial and economic diversity

Can private Pre-K for All providers survive in New York City?

As New York City continues to expand its nationally lauded free preschool program, private providers contend with high expectations and exacting requirements

OPINION: What’s the bottom line on online preschool?

Possibilities, practicalities and limits

Support Betsy DeVos, shoot yourself in the foot

Education groups aimed at uplifting black students should not be the black face of her agenda

School choice shouldn’t take away our neighborhood schools

New Orleans to turn remaining five public schools into charters

Mississippi to double its inspections of child care centers in the Delta

State plan aims to increase child care oversight, quality

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OPINION: 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

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