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

Why talking — and listening — to your child could be key to brain development

A new neuroscience study finds that back-and-forth conversation is related to brain activity and verbal aptitude

MaderEarlyEdSTEM: Researchers say various types of play teach children important concepts relating to science, technology, engineering and math.

Eight ways to introduce kids to STEM at an early age

New report finds that even preschoolers are capable of understanding basic science and math concepts

Miami-Dade Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho talks with a school board member after he announced he will turn down a job offer to become head of the New York City schools on March 1, 2018 in Miami, Florida. Mr. Carvalho made the announcement to not become New York City's schools chancellor during an emergency School Board meeting that had been called to discuss the news of the job offer.

Analysis: Children first? Once again, egos and politics obscure education issues

Miami-Dade superintendent spurns chance to lead NYC schools

Students in a Granite School District preschool classroom learn about the letter T.

Should Wall Street pay for preschool?

A new financing method sparks optimism and controversy in a Utah school district looking to help more at-risk kids

Huyen Le and her daughter Katelynn Trinh. Through “nudges” via texts, Le gets reminded of activities to do with Katelynn that enhance her learning.

Text-based tips may help parents and preschoolers learn

Text “nudges” can boost literacy and numeracy among young children by changing parents’ habits

Rival studies shed light on the merits of a Montessori education

Benefits seen at preschools in Hartford but not high schools in the Netherlands


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A preschool student writes in class.

As public pre-K expands in schools, study finds principals are unprepared to support it

A look at New Jersey offers lessons to better prepare school leaders in early ed

More charter schools means fewer early education options, new research shows

In New Orleans, a study finds that charters don’t have incentives to offer PreK

See How Awe-Inspiring — And Awful — 2 Year Olds Can Be

Want to understand just how fast toddlers' brains are developing? Watch this video.