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.
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Helping All Children Learn and Thrive
EDC’s David Jacobson discusses his ideas for changing—and improving—early childhood services.
Tools to Support Preschool Learning
New resources support educators on integrating technology and working with emergent bilingual learners.
The Other Side of the Screen
As a researcher, Tiffany Maxon gets to help develop the next generation of children’s television shows.
For Great Children’s Media, Think Beyond the Screen
A new book dives into what works in creating effective media for kids.
The Simple Fun of Math Games
EDC’s Kristen Reed talks about the importance of playing math games with young children.
4 Ways to Explore Science with Your Child
Doing science can be as easy as taking a look around. Here are some quick investigations to try.
This is the summary of a report that presents the results of a first-of-its-kind national survey of parents, who were asked about the types of early science educational activities they do with their young children.
This checklist provides early childhood educators with practical information about integrating educational technology in their classrooms.
In this video, NSF-funded researchers Arthur Barody, Jere Confrey, Paul Goldenberg, and Julie Sarama discuss the importance of mathematics education in the early grades.
This report, intended for early childhood educators, identifies promising practices to support emergent bilinguals in a variety of early childcare settings.
This app demonstrates that handwashing, covering your cough, and washing surfaces can reduce the spread of illness.
This tool helps Head Start programs better understand the link between their school readiness goals and their health service plans.
This resource library from the Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO) contains policy reports, briefs, annotated bibliographies, and other tools targeted to help early childhood educat
In this study, EDC and SRI researchers explored how time spent viewing and playing with PBS KIDS educational, noncommercial media can benefit young children’s learning, especially those growing up
This factsheet provides a brief overview of some of EDC’s work to ensure that all young children—especially those who live in low-income communities and are members of under-represented groups—can
This report presents findings from the Prekindergarten Transmedia Mathematics Study.