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 dance during an after school 'Love for Learning' night of activities with parents and children at the Byrd First Class Early Learning Center on February 12, 2015 in Selma, Alabama. The Byrd First Class Early Learning Center houses all of the city's pre-K students in one school.

Bold, progressive ideas aren’t unrealistic

Old-school Democrats should embrace ambitious policies, as the working-class whites they covet do

family childcare

OPINION: Is home-based public school the next big thing for 3-year-olds?

Benefits for families in New York City's 3-K plan, despite potential hurdles

OPINION: Employers must do more to support foster parents

Even in family-friendly workplaces, foster families don't get as much flexibility and understanding as biological families, to the detriment of kids in foster care

Nurse Polita Williams weighs 8-month-old Jamir during a home visit.

More than 220,000 Mississippi children may be missing out on promising home visiting program

More families are receiving home visits, but hundreds of thousands still in need

OPINION: Cognitive science suggests children develop phonics skills in different ways

7 points to consider about teaching students to read

Mississippi parent Annita Bonner plays with her infant son before heading to work. The Too Small to Fail campaign is aimed at getting more parents to interact with their small children like Bonner is doing here.

When doctors say ‘Read,’ new parents listen

A campaign to get parents talking, reading and singing to their infants and toddlers by sending the message through pediatricians is working, new report shows

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The number of public school students could fall by more than 8% in a decade

Declining U.S. births and immigration might lead to school closures but could also mean more pre-K spots

OPINION: These governors favor a group that didn’t vote for them: small children

Democrats and Republicans who got a boost on early education policies

Child care available for only 23 percent of Mississippi’s infants and toddlers, report finds

There are more than four infants and toddlers in need of care for every one spot in a licensed center

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