Early Education

From Research to Action
How child welfare systems can use the science of child development to promote positive development.
Home daycare teacher reading to two infants
In early education, a new study asks the big questions: what works, for whom, and under what conditions?
Understanding Core Skills
For education stakeholders, four key features of fundamental nonacademic skills.
Defining the Skills for Success
New report signals the difference between executive function and other regulation-related skills.
The Clear Value of Preschool
New study adds evidence that preschool works — so how do we ensure that every child can benefit?
A row of alternating orange and yellow pencils, with one blue pencil sticking up
An early-year lesson plan that helps students appreciate what makes us unique.
A laughing mother looking down at her smiling baby
How parent-child communication from birth to age 3 sets the stage for lifelong success.
Dyslexia
Research indicates that children at risk for dyslexia can be identified before they begin school.
The Costs of Poverty
One third of 3- and 4-year-olds in the developing world are not meeting basic milestones. What can be done?
Mathematics, Everywhere for Everyone
Bridging the gap between math in the classroom and math at home — for all families.
Six city mayors shown on stage at the Harvard Graduate School of Education
Launching a community-wide effort to break down the barriers to success for low-income students.
paint brushes against colorful background
Advice from an educator and artist about how to make the most of your family’s next museum visit.
Literacy textbooks stacked on a desk
Strategies for parents and educators to encourage children to read — from infancy to high school
Outloud
What education leaders should know about how to build strong reading skills (and strong schools).
How to Raise a Voracious Reader
Promoting literacy with dinnertime storytelling, family conversation, and books about food.
Mother and daughter painting
Marking Hispanic Heritage Month with a collection of resources for Latino family engagement.
Tipping the Scales
An interactive game shows how community choices can build resilience in the face of hardship.
Animated characters from the Pixar film Inside Out
A Hollywood primer on emotions, feelings, and behavior — with teachable moments for educators and parents.
The Path to Resilience
A new video series shows how resilience is built, one positive adult relationship at a time.
Photo of father and young son
Turning everyday moments into brain-building blockbusters for young children.
Boy holding American flag
Project Zero works to expand our view of childhood and its civic possibilities.
An easel and toys in an early education classroom
A smooth transition to school lays the groundwork for later success.
UK Read
How can parents and educators turn the page on kids who are reading less and computing more?
words illustration
A conversation with Meredith Rowe about how to lay the groundwork for your child’s vocabulary growth.
Mirror
Ron Ferguson talks about opportunity, achievement, and raising the bar for all students.
photo of baby boy
Five earliest-learning interventions for parents of infants and toddlers.
illustration of a teacher with several children
A guide from the Center on the Developing Child details activities and resources to enhance executive function in young children.
A young girl writes on a piece of paper
A series of briefs aims to offer focus, strategy, and support to policymakers and practitioners on educating America’s youngest students.
Jack Shonkoff
Professor Jack Shonkoff explains some of the science behind early childhood development and how education can help.
boy reading in library
The use of many different words, not just many words, helps toddlers grow their vocabulary.