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.

Students in a federally funded Head Start program in Sacramento, California on Aug. 21, 2013.

OPINION: When a low census count hurts children’s well-being

The dangers of discrepancies for early education

The voucher program we really need is not for school — it’s for after

Betsy DeVos can better serve working parents by supporting their aftercare needs

Damian Lopez, 4, gives Denver Public Schools Superintendent Tom Boabserg a high-five as he arrives for the first day of school at Escalante-Biggs Academy on August 20, 2018 in Denver, Colorado.

Take a closer look at those back-to-school photos: Is something missing?

School photos provide a snapshot of segregated schools from across the country

Students play dress-up and draw on a whiteboard in a Christopher House preschool class.

Making the preschool magic last as children get older

How one school’s efforts to support parents and families has led to success

Full-day kindergarten students Januel Soto and Guijermo Rodriguez work on drawing pictures as part of a writing workshop project at Dr. Norman W. Crisp Elementary School in Nashua, New Hampshire.

Full-day kindergarten is great for kids, so why isn’t it required?

The academic gains of kids who attend full-day kindergarten are well-documented, but most states pay only for half-day kindergarten and don’t require students to attend it.

Former Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has a new book How Schools Work: An Inside Account

OPINION: Arne Duncan, the fallible narrator

Aaron Pallas weighs in on Arne Duncan's "How Schools Work: An Inside Account of Failure and Success from One of the Nation’s Longest-Serving Secretaries of Education"

Marletha Muhammad helps her daughter, Khanila, spell her name with chalk at a June playgroup meeting in Rocky Mount, North Carolina The purpose of the meetings is to encourage healthy interactions between parents and their young children.

Playgroups offer rural families a head start on school

A North Carolina program shows parents the importance of play

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LeBron James speaks at the opening ceremony for the I Promise School in Akron, Ohio, Monday, July 30, 2018. The I Promise School is supported by the The LeBron James Family Foundation and is run by the Akron Public Schools.

LeBron is dishing out assists to a local school district in Ohio

The basketball player opens his I Promise school to widespread applause

Jackie Brenner, 18, practicing yoga in the yard of a family friend’s home in Bryn Mawr, Pa., in July. Through her nonprofit, Piece of Peace, she teaches others how to live healthy lives.

Back to school ideas for preschool thru college — and teachers too

Jackie Brenner, 18, practicing yoga in the yard of a family friend’s home in Bryn Mawr, Pa., in July. Through her nonprofit, Piece of Peace, she teaches others…

OPINION: When less-affluent families pay too much for child care

The kind of support that would benefit the economy

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