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

Kanetha Brown goes over the days of the week with her charges at her home-based child care program in Wichita, Kan. Brown has training as an educator, but knows of other home-based care options where kids learn little during the day. Most states only require a high school diploma to run a home-based child care facility.

Five things you should know about the people watching your children

Caring for young children in the U.S. continues to be devalued as unskilled ‘women’s work’

Ex-slave and American abolitionist Frederick Douglass (Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey) (1817 - 1895) as a young man, 1848. He became the first black man to be received at the White House, by President Abraham Lincoln.

Education unfits us for slavery; we need to protect the Department of Education

The new White House proposal to merge the Departments of Education and Labor views students only as workers

Who should pay for preschool for the middle class?

Universal preschool has a significant positive effect on reading scores of children from low-income homes, but programs targeted to poor children do not

Jennifer Rich

The importance of difficult conversations in U.S. classrooms: Teaching about the migrant crisis

What educators can do to encourage thoughtful, respectful debate—even among elementary students

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

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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

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