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.

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

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

video for toddlers

Why your toddler can’t learn from a screen

Even if an adult is interactive on a screen, toddlers can’t learn from them

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Lynette Stewart lifts her son Quincy, 3, up to a rock at George Rocky Graham Park in Marin City, California.

$5.5 billion will expand care for thousands of kids in California, but it may not be enough

As presidential candidates propose investment in child care and paid leave on a national scale, California’s success or failure could act as a bellwether.

OPINION: U.S. presidential candidates offer early-education plans, but can they deliver?

Weighing in on expanded access to affordable child care for families with young children

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.

Kindergarten behavior predicts adult earning power

New research draws a direct link between kids’ attentiveness, aggression and friendliness in kindergarten and their adult income

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