From birth to age eight, children take the first steps in a lifelong learning journey. EDC speeds them on their way by designing, studying, supporting, and scaling up programs that enhance school readiness and success. We have a special focus on meeting the needs of children from disadvantaged communities and dual language learners, engaging and supporting families, and building the capacity of educators and communities to sustain improvements.

In the United States, we work to create strong, coherent preK-Grade 3 systems and advance knowledge of how to improve early science, mathematics, and literacy learning. Around the world, we implement innovative early childhood programs that build literacy and numeracy skills, excite interest in learning, and help educators, volunteers, and parents enrich early learning.

Read "A Fair Start for Every Child" to learn more about EDC's work to support early childhood learning.

Learn about EDC’s work with Family STEM Communities.

Learn about EDC’s work to strengthen early childhood interventions with Continuous Quality Improvement.

Learn about the work of EDC’s Center for Children and Technology.

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Projects

Resources

Here are a few of our resources on early childhood development and learning. To see more, visit our Resources section.

Reports

This brief draws on research and development supported by the National Science Foundation to highlight important considerations about STEM educational experiences for young children and professional learning for educators who provide those experiences.

Books

This resource for Head Start program health managers provides tools, resources, and information to help them determine what needs their attention, how to structure their work, and ways to develop p

Reports

This report summarizes the results of the Time to Learn project in Zambia, which was funded by the U.S.

Studies

In this brief, the authors examine potential differences between child care providers engaged in formal collaborations organized through state-level initiatives versus informal collaborations that are self-directed.

White papers

In this research brief, the authors present findings from an online national survey of Child Care and Development Fund administrators, Head Start State Collaboration Office Directors, and State Departments of Education Early Childhood Specialists.

White papers

This tip sheet explains the benefits of including participants and families in continuous quality improvement (CQI) processes and provides strategies for engaging them as partners.

Toolkits

Parents with young children are facing an unprecedented demand to support their children’s learning at home—and technology can help.

White papers

This brief can help you develop a continuous quality improvement (CQI) plan and communicate it to others in your organization. It explains what the plan should cover and includes a sample outline and template for drafting your plan.

Reports

Based on an EDC-led workshop funded by the National Science Foundation, this white paper explores the impact of language documentation on language revitalization, shares the benefits of language documentation and revitalization for young children, and presents recommendations and implications for future research.

White papers

This article explores the effects of EDC’s Tikichuela early childhood mathematics initiative, developed with the government of Paraguay.