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.

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

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

Greg Cruey, a teacher at Southside K-8 school, greeting students in the morning.

Teachers are first responders to the opioid crisis

In some schools in McDowell County, W.Va., as many as 40 percent of kids don’t live with their parents

October 27, 2018 — Pittsburgh, PA, United States — Police outside the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh, PA in the aftermath of the shooting that killed 11 people on October 27.

OPINION: Teachable moments from the Pittsburgh shooting

Change begins with discussions in school and at home

TEACHER VOICE: We need phonics, along with other supports, for reading

Finding ‘a middle way for the good of students’

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Few preschool apps are developmentally appropriate, report finds

Apps marketed as educational don’t teach the way preschoolers need to learn

A child waits with his family outside of the emergency overnight shelter intake center in the Bronx borough of New York City.

Before assigning homework, ensure that students have a home

Fixing the achievement gap comes second to meeting kids’ basic needs

Preschool teacher Kayla Pinto works with a 4-year-old student at the Somerville YMCA in Somerville, Massachusetts. Pinto is working toward a bachelor’s degree, with the support of state programs that aim to increase college access for early childhood educators.

To boost preschool quality, Massachusetts invests in college degrees for teachers

State programs help early childhood educators earn bachelor’s degrees

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