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: Employers must do more to support foster parents

Even in family-friendly workplaces, foster families don't get as much flexibility and understanding as biological families, to the detriment of kids in foster care

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

More than 220,000 Mississippi children may be missing out on promising home visiting program

More families are receiving home visits, but hundreds of thousands still in need

OPINION: Cognitive science suggests children develop phonics skills in different ways

7 points to consider about teaching students to read

Mississippi parent Annita Bonner plays with her infant son before heading to work. The Too Small to Fail campaign is aimed at getting more parents to interact with their small children like Bonner is doing here.

When doctors say ‘Read,’ new parents listen

A campaign to get parents talking, reading and singing to their infants and toddlers by sending the message through pediatricians is working, new report shows

The number of public school students could fall by more than 8% in a decade

Declining U.S. births and immigration might lead to school closures but could also mean more pre-K spots

OPINION: These governors favor a group that didn’t vote for them: small children

Democrats and Republicans who got a boost on early education policies

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Child care available for only 23 percent of Mississippi’s infants and toddlers, report finds

There are more than four infants and toddlers in need of care for every one spot in a licensed center

Greg Cruey, a teacher at Southside K-8 school, greeting students in the morning.

Teachers are first responders to the opioid crisis

In some schools in McDowell County, W.Va., as many as 40 percent of kids don’t live with their parents

October 27, 2018 — Pittsburgh, PA, United States — Police outside the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh, PA in the aftermath of the shooting that killed 11 people on October 27.

OPINION: Teachable moments from the Pittsburgh shooting

Change begins with discussions in school and at home

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