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Early Childhood

A pre-K student does paper mache.

Jumping Through Hoops and Set Up to Fail

book_alt2 icon Report Our child care assistance system is due for major reform. In this report, parents and providers make the case for rules and regulations that put children first and respect the real-life struggles of working parents.

Two preschoolers play

How Much Can High-Quality Universal Pre-K Reduce Achievement Gaps?

book_alt2 icon Report Achievement gaps based on race/ethnicity and income start early and persist over time. A national high-quality universal pre-K program could help ensure that all children start kindergarten on equal footing.

Infographic: Out of Reach: The Child Care Crisis in the United States

The high cost and potentially low quality of child care have made it out of reach for most families.

Teacher works with kindergarten student.

Examining Quality Across the Preschool-to-Third-Grade Continuum

book_alt2 icon Report High-quality early childhood and elementary education form an important foundation for young children to be successful throughout school, but evidence suggests that children lack consistent access between preschool and third grade.

A preschool teacher works with students.

Examining Teacher Effectiveness Between Preschool and Third Grade

book_alt2 icon Report Teachers play a crucial role in fostering children’s success in school. Policymakers must consider ways to support and prepare high-quality teachers while aligning expectation and opportunities for teachers between preschool and third grade.

Pre-K students

A Different Way of Doing Business

article icon Issue Brief States and districts across the country are making an effort to align policy and practice from pre-kindergarten to third grade, with the hope of closing achievement gaps and ensuring success for all children.

Teacher leading preschoolers in drill

Developing a High-Quality Early Learning Continuum

article icon Issue Brief As the 18-month grace period for formal monitoring of Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships comes to an end, it is important to consider next steps that will allow them to continue to effectively collaborate and coordinate programs.

kindergarten student

Creating Effective Transitions

article icon Issue Brief As the need for program alignment between preschool and kindergarten becomes more of a priority, federal, state, and local policymakers can look to Head Start’s current transition partnerships as a guide.

It’s Time to Put High-Quality Child Care and Pre-K Within Reach

play_alt icon Video Early education prepares children for school and strengthens the economy. But low quality and skyrocketing costs are putting child care and preschool out of reach for millions of hard-working Americans.

Mother and child

Paying It Forward

book_alt2 icon Report Creating a new Medicaid benefit for evidence-based home visiting services would simplify funding and allow states and communities to scale services, improve outcomes for families, and produce significant savings for states and the federal government.


Fostering School Success with Standards for Nonacademic Skills

book_alt2 icon Report States around the country are establishing continuity across the standards that scaffold a child’s early learning experience and K-12 school career, which could improve school readiness and set more children on the path to academic success.

Teacher in class

Point of Entry

book_alt2 icon Report The disciplinary use of suspension and expulsion for the nation’s youngest students—particularly African American students—has long-term damaging effects on children, as well as society as a whole.

Seattle preschool

How a High-Quality Child Care Tax Credit Would Benefit Millennial Families

article icon Issue Brief The High-Quality Child Care Tax Credit offers a new opportunity to increase child care options while maintaining affordability for the families who need it most—including Millennial parents.

Young students

A New Vision for Child Care in the United States

book_alt2 icon Report Many families struggle to afford high-quality child care. By creating a new High-Quality Child Care Tax Credit, we can help families work and prepare children for school.

preschool lunch

How the Child and Adult Care Food Program Improves Early Childhood Education

book_alt2 icon Report Giving child care programs the ability to provide children three healthy meals per day through a reformed and expanded CACFP program would go a long way toward supporting children’s growth and development.

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