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

How trauma and stress affect a child’s brain development

The Trump administration’s child separation policy could have long-term consequences for migrant children taken from their parents

Speaking kids’ home language in pre-k could provide a lifelong advantage

Support for English learners in state preschool programs varies widely but tends to be lower than experts would recommend, new study says

Nettie Hunt and her daughter Nickie sit on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court. Nettie explains to her daughter the meaning of the high court's ruling in the Brown Vs. Board of Education case that segregation in public schools is unconstitutional.

Any educational reform that ignores segregation is doomed to failure

A new report finds that such reforms only placate white people, don't bring equity

Are educational videos leaving low-income students behind?

High-income kids seem to benefit more from educational videos more than low-income kids, study shows

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

This program is proven to help moms and babies—so why aren’t we investing in it more?

How home-visiting could improve outcomes for at-risk children

Finding a good preschool isn’t easy: Try it.

Here’s what it’s like to be a parent trying to enroll your child in high-quality, affordable preschool

Head Start centers have ‘outsized role’ in rural Mississippi, report finds

Federally funded program accounts for up to one-third of Mississippi’s rural child care centers

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Students at Barnard Elementary School in Washington, D.C., one of the first schools to desegregate after Brown. (Library of Congress)

OPINION: Six decades later, Brown v. Board of Education ruling is still only an aspiration

Integration ties the fate of poor, minority students to the white, privileged children who won’t get left behind

How rural families came to rely on Head Start for basic child care and so much more

In some rural states, Head Start accounts for one in three child care centers

Universal preschool is most cost-effective, study finds

Because preschool programs that include all kids boost low-income 4-year-olds’ reading scores, they could be a better way to spend tax dollars, according to a Dartmouth economist.

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