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.”

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Q&A with Arthur Reynolds: Expanding a preschool model with proven lifetime benefits

Few programs have been studied as long or shown the lasting impact of Chicago’s Child-Parent Centers, which in 1967 became the nation’s first publicly funded education intervention serving preschool…

In Illinois, preschool access worst for Latinos

How to break the vicious cycle of poverty and academic failure is one of the most troublesome questions of our time, but this much we know: High-quality preschool helps children…

Children eat a free lunch at the Phoenix Day @ Central Park Youth Program in downtown Phoenix, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. The grant-based lunch and dinner program provides free meals to children ages 5 to 18 in the immediate neighborhood surrounding the facility. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Increased child poverty rate disproportionately impacts the nation’s youngest learners

The Annie E. Casey Foundation is out with its 25th KIDS COUNT Data Book, which has been providing the public with an annual glimpse into the well being…

Q & A with Dr. Pamela High: Should reading be part of a checkup with the pediatrician?

Not all babies will attend day care or preschool, but sooner or later, just about every kid visits the doctor. So if you have a message you want the parents…

Parents work with children under the guidance of a home visitor in Gads Hill's Early Head Start Home Visiting program.

Q&A with Azucena Gonzalez: Home visitors are a proven solution in early education, so why aren’t there more of them?

As the nation’s youngest learners from birth to 3-years-old show literacy gains from Early Head Start and home visiting programs, many childcare providers are reporting increased demand and a troubling…

Paulette Harvey is only required to have a high school diploma to run her home day care business but has a bachelor’s degree. The federal Race to the Top competition has given states an incentive to toughen their standards. (Photo: Armando L. Sanchez)

A grandmother’s quest to overcome early learning barriers

CHICAGO –– Ruth Kimble has been waiting a long time for early childhood education to have its moment, and now, it seems, the moment has arrived. Across the country, voters…

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Q&A with Elizabeth Yelen: Traumatized children have trouble learning. Here’s how to help

An Obama administration push to improve outcomes for infants and young children hasn’t done enough to help children who have experienced trauma, advocates say. Three years ago, U.S. Secretary of…


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Their children’s first teachers: Latino parents targeted in early education efforts

CHICAGO –– The pen scribble marks on a light blue folder could have been drawn by a 1-year-old, although the girl who made them was 3. And yet, to a…

The power of preschool done right

CHICAGO–Mesha Exum wonders how her life would have turned out without a stroke of good luck 11 years ago. She was 16 with an infant son then, and she thought…

Is the power of parent talk enough to close the school readiness divide?

CHICAGO — As a mother, pediatric surgeon Dana Suskind understands the gravity of her responsibility when a parent entrusts her to cut open a baby’s head. She does so, as…