Early Childhood

The latest news about early childhood, including articles, Commentaries, and special features.

At 'Nature Preschools,' Classes Are Outdoors

Nature-based preprimary programs are growing like weeds in forests and meadows around the country. (January 17, 2017)






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Early Years Blog

10/13 05:00 pm | School District Leaders Say Early Education Needed, But Underfunded | A majority of superintendents say that high-quality child care and education is not available to every family in their state, and that states are investing too little in such ...

Special Reports

Quality Counts 2015: Preparing to Launch
Quality Counts is Education Week's annual report on state-level efforts to improve public education. This 19th edition of the report delves into early-childhood education.
Building Literacy Skills
This special report takes a wide-ranging look at new efforts to address the challenges of early-grades reading instruction.

Spotlight on Elementary Math

In this Spotlight, see how schools are taking new approaches to teaching fractions, developing young learners’ spatial and task skills, and opening new doors to math learning.

Map: Kindergarten Participation

Three-fourths of the nation's kindergartners attend full-day programs. Click the map to find enrollment numbers for your state.

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Schools are looking for ways they can use the kindergarten entry tools to tailor classroom practices with children's academic, social, and physical development needs in mind.
October 11, 2017 – Education Week
Congress let the popular Children's Health Insurance Program and a home-visiting program expire at the end of the fiscal year and faces bipartisan pressure to fund them.
October 11, 2017 – Education Week
The return on investment for early ed. makes a powerful argument for expanding preschool programs, writes Arthur J. Reynolds.
September 20, 2017 – Education Week
New research suggesting that older kindergartners have an edge over their younger classmates complicates an already difficult decision.
August 30, 2017 – Education Week
Research shows children and teachers reap tangible benefits down the road when schools ease the way into this crucial early grade.
August 23, 2017 – Education Week
The latest report from the National Institute for Early Education Research says states' preschool spending has returned to pre-Recession levels amid a slight enrollment increase.
June 7, 2017 – Education Week
In an effort to close opportunity gaps, let’s position families to lead the movement for change, writes Veronica Palmer of RISE Colorado.
May 31, 2017 – Education Week
Head Start has helped prepare more than 33 million children for kindergarten, so why is there talk of defunding the bipartisan-supported program? asks Mark K. Shriver.
May 18, 2017 – Education Week
Researchers are developing scales to help teachers understand when young children’s math anxieties are getting in the way of learning.
May 17, 2017 – Education Week
Researchers and educational foundations are targeting early educators for professional development in math, which is improving teacher morale as well as improving children’s school readiness.
April 26, 2017 – Education Week

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