Never Too Early

By sixth grade, a child from a poor family has spent an estimated 6,000 fewer hours learning than a peer from an affluent household, who tends to have more exposure to books, museums, travel and summer camp. The Hechinger Report is spending a year exploring this so-called “opportunity gap.”

OPINION: How current policy hurts our youngest citizens

We must improve the odds for babies and toddlers, especially those who aren't white

Say it in any language you want — Latinos need a voice in the U.S. education debate

In this photo taken May 22, 2010, Brownie Sibrian, soon to graduate from Whittier College, gives a valedictory speech at a Latino pre-graduation celebration, sponsored by the Latino…

From the Senate floor to the preschool floor: Jack Reed (D-RI) sits crosslegged with the kids during a visit to Beautiful Beginnings in Providence, R.I. The pre-K center began in a shuttered strip- mall clothing store. Thanks to public and private funding, center is now located in a new light-drenched child-friendly facility.

Why are we sending children to pre-K programs in converted salons, bars and turkey coops?

If spending doesn't increase it will take 75 years before we get 50 percent enrollment among 4-year-olds

Federal report finds scant scientific evidence for effectiveness of Head Start programs

Review of 90 studies found only one that met scientific muster, and it showed disappointing results

Lauren Wiley helps a boy decorate a box he will fill and empty with small bells based on acts of kindness and cruelty in his life.

Expelled in preschool

Preschoolers are expelled at three times the rate of their older peers. Here’s what to do about it — and how to support the mental health of all kids

Pre-kindergarten teacher Robin Dike reads Red Is a Dragon with Michelle Adams at New Horizon Academy. (Jean Pieri / Pioneer Press) No reproduction

Can a $5,000 scholarship for preschool change a kid’s life? Minnesota is banking on it

PAUL, Minn. — When Demariay Gunn starts kindergarten next fall, he will know how to print his name, count to 10 and recite his ABC’s. He’ll know how to line…

Doctors offer a prescription for early literacy

OAKLAND, Calif. — Doctors are the newest group of proselytizers to join the national Too Small to Fail campaign encouraging parents to talk, read, and sing to their infants…


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After a presentation from the Thirty Million Words Project at her hospital bedside, Bionka Burkhalter talks to her new baby, Josiah. (Photo: Julienne Schaer)

‘How do you make a baby smart?’ Word by word, a Chicago project says

CHICAGO — On the third-floor hospital maternity ward at the University of Chicago, Bionka Burkhalter had just given birth to her first child, a 7-pound-4-ounce boy named Josiah. There was…

Charter school movement

Do classroom decorations disrupt kindergartners’ learning?

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