How Research-Informed Games May Result in Deep Learning Experiences

Time and again, there have been education techniques and pedagogy developed that challenged conventional teaching and learning methods. As new approaches are tried, it is important to also analyze the reasons why children may be apprehensive about learning. Games can be particularly effective for engaging learners, promoting active participation and motivating students, both in and … Read more

The Unintended Consequences of Universal Preschool

One of the hallmarks of President Biden’s $1.8 trillion American Families Plan is its ambitious proposal to create something tantamount to universal preschool for 3- and 4-year-olds. The plan calls for a national partnership with states that, when fully implemented, could put five million children into high-quality programs and save the average American family $13,000 … Read more

How Did State-Funded Preschools Respond to the Pandemic? Special Report Offers a Glimpse

As any parent or educator can attest, the pandemic has touched nearly all aspects of preschool. It has reshaped policies and practices, altered the delivery and content of professional development, and shaken families’ confidence about sending their kids to school. Many of these changes, such as waived or relaxed teacher requirements, are expected to be … Read more

Sal Khan on Expanding Into Early Learning and Launching a Peer-to-Peer Tutoring Platform

Sal Khan has been as busy as ever. Over the last year, he’s helped Khan Academy manage a three-fold user increase, has grown and developed an online program geared toward early learners, and launched a new peer-to-peer tutoring platform to keep students connected and learning during the pandemic. The very week that the pandemic closed … Read more

Kindergarten Transitions Are Never Easy. But the Pandemic Has Made It Harder.

In an ordinary year, a child’s entrance into kindergarten is a major milestone for students and their families. The transition can be filled with trepidation, anticipation, eagerness and uncertainty. Some kids enter more prepared than others, with more support and more exposure to formal educational settings. Other children will have experienced nothing like it before. … Read more

What Investors See in a ‘Highly Fragmented and Under-Teched’ Early Childhood Education Market

With widespread lockdowns and closures last year, the critical role that schools and child care centers play in supporting children may never have been clearer. As it turns out, society is not as productive when working parents don’t have child care. That fact is not lost on investors who foresee greater demand for early-education programs … Read more

‘Little Band-Aids’ Won’t Fix the Child Care Industry. New Report Proposes an Overhaul.

The current child care system in the United States is broken, and everyone involved—the children, their parents and especially the workers supporting them—are suffering as a result, according to a new report from the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment (CSCCE) at the University of California, Berkeley, which was released Tuesday. Despite a … Read more

When the Animated Bunny in the TV Show Listens for Kids’ Answers — and Answers Back

During tricky situations in the new PBS KIDS show “Elinor Wonders Why,” a curious rabbit directs a question to viewers, pausing to give them a chance to answer. This invitation to participate in the plot of the story is a hallmark of educational programs for young children, a moment designed to check their comprehension and … Read more

The Pandemic Has Compounded the Turnover Problem in Early Childhood Education

For six years, Ernestina Fuentes had been building out her early childhood program, hiring trained staff, developing a model tailored to children with trauma and eventually earning a four-star quality rating from the state. Fuentes, the founder and director of Herencia Guadalupana Lab Schools in Tucson, Ariz., had mostly avoided the high turnover rates that … Read more

Hailed as ‘Heroes,’ Child Care Workers in Some States Are Denied Vaccine Priority

For months, they have been labeled “essential workers,” celebrated for their sacrifices and hailed as heroes for their role in keeping the country going in the face of a deadly pandemic. But with vaccinations underway—and an end to the exhaustion, fear and suffering finally in sight—early childhood educators in some states have found themselves snubbed … Read more