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.

talking to kids about race

Too few parents talk to their kids about race and identity, report finds

Ten percent of parents discuss race often with their children

high quality preschool programs

How Cleveland revamped its preschool programs in just five years

Enrollment in high-quality preschool is up after dramatic community-led effort

social-emotional learning curricula

A school district wades through a deluge of social-emotional curricula to find one that works

Concern about the quality of social-emotional programs is rising — but one Virginia school sees academic success by focusing on students’ emotional wellbeing   

The secret to a successful Head Start program

Report identifies key practices that lead to academic success for Head Start grads

Taos High students work together to untie a “human knot” during an icebreaker led by seniors during the school’s 2018 EQ Retreat.

OPINION: Kindergarten is more than preparation for first grade, and we need to take it back

Setting a foundation for mastery and content in the early years

home based childcare

Early childhood programs are more segregated than K-12 schools

Home-based programs largely responsible for segregation, report finds

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mechanistic explanations

How you talk to your child might make them smarter

New research dissects the explanations that parents and teachers give young kids

preschool programs

OPINION: Cities find new ways to fill pre-K funding holes left by the federal government

Memphis, Pittsburgh and other cities provide examples of resources and strategies that address the diverse needs of children and families

sexual health education

It’s not about sex: Teaching young children where babies come from (and other stuff)

Comprehensive sexual health education, which covers friendship and families along with babies and bodies, is rare in America’s elementary schools even though experts say it’s critical

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