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.

OPINION: Child victims of toxic stress face a long road to healing

Reuniting families separated at the U.S. border is only a start

Indiana’s free pre-K: Adored by parents, beset with growing pains

Three years in, why are only 4 percent of the state’s 4-year-olds enrolled in On My Way?

OPINION: Many student-parents drop out because they don’t have enough time for their schoolwork, research shows

How changes to federal financial aid policies would likely improve their plight

A California preschool teacher reads to students. The state has the largest population of children 4 and under in the nation.

How three California communities are trying to improve preschool for vulnerable students

Preschool programs strive to involve parents, train teachers to improve preschool outcomes

Students engage in creative activities on the playground at a San Antonio public preschool.

Measuring success at San Antonio’s public preschool program

While Pre-K 4 SA’s parents and alumni sing its praises, critics say the program should have broader focus

Two educators discuss how and when race, or racism, showed up in their classrooms at the Border Crossers training.

How social studies can help young kids make sense of the world

Civic engagement matters today more than ever, yet social studies in the early grades are sidelined. To make up for this absence, some educators seek outside training on how to handle sensitive issues in the classroom

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Malachi Ballinger, 6, laughs at how far he has made his “pinball” travel during a science lesson in his kindergarten classroom in Redmond, Oregon.

Will new standards improve elementary science education?

Science has rarely been considered a priority in elementary school, but that may be changing.

Rosy Taveras, a kindergarten teacher at P.S. 218 in the Bronx, models fluent and expressive reading.

How to help struggling young readers

Children who can’t read well by third grade are more likely to become drop-outs. Research-based coaching could make a critical difference.

Small-group math work at Prairie Oak Elementary in Berwyn North School District 98 where, two years ago, just 14 percent of third-graders were able to do grade-level math.

How to boost math skills in the early grades

Early math skills, though critical to academic success, get far less attention than literacy in high-poverty classrooms. One Illinois school district is working to change that.

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