Early Childhood

Photo of President Barack Obama talking to a little girl playing with blocks in an early learning center.

The President’s Early Learning Initiative Takes the Next Steps

This is truly a historic time for early childhood education at the federal level.

Photo of a teacher instructing preschool children.

The Value of Our Early Education Workforce: On Worthy Wage Day 2014

Office of Child Care Director Shannon Rudisill reflects on how the President’s Early Learning Agenda would raise wages for the two million-person early childhood education.

Photo of a children's drawing that shows hand prints and the words: Dempson - I want to be a dinosaur.

"I Want to be a Dinosaur"

Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellow writes about the great work being done in Baltimore to help the homeless. 

Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! Celebrate Your Child's Milestones

Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month: Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive!

The Departments of Health and Human Services and Education have partnered to launch a coordinated effort to encourage developmental and behavioral screening and support for children, families and the providers who care for them. 

Photo of an early education teacher surrounded by students at a work table.

INQUIRE Data Toolkit: A Roadmap for Collecting Data to Improve Early Care and Education Systems

New toolkit supports state and local efforts to build strong data infrastructure for initiatives designed to measure, monitor and promote high-quality early care and education.

Child Care spelled out in children's blocks.

Lessons Learned from the State Advisory Councils’ Needs Assessments

States conducted a statewide review on the quality and availability of child care in their communities.

A mother feeding her infant.

Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Must Start Early

Quality early care and education programs can positively affect later health outcomes.

Photo of a toddler in diapers.

Birth to Five: Watch Me Thrive!

A Developmental and Behavioral Screening Initiative

Photo of a teacher instructing a girl in a preschool classroom.

Rhode Island Partners with Institutions of Higher Education

By providing opportunities for higher education for its educators, the state ensures its children’s developmental and educational needs will be met.

Photo of Head Start teacher instructing six children in a classroom.

Improving Head Start Teachers’ Ability to Promote Children’s Social-emotional Development

In one year, teachers in 104 Head Start centers and 307 classrooms across the country increased their use of evidence-based practices in support of children’s social-emotional development.

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