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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09/19 05:27 pm | Time Runs Low for Home-Visiting Act as Congress Debates State Buy-In | The House and the Senate have each introduced bills to reauthorize federal support of home visiting, but there's a conflict in how much states should be required to ...

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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.

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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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
In-classroom coaching has proven benefits for teachers, but working with adult learners requires developing trust-building and communication skills.
April 26, 2017 – Education Week
To make good on preschool investments, we need to look at what comes next, writes Stanford's Deborah Stipek.
March 17, 2017 – Education Week

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