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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Resources

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

Reports

This issue brief summarizes information from multiple sources to offer insight into three critical questions.

Apps

This app demonstrates that handwashing, covering your cough, and washing surfaces can reduce the spread of illness.

Reports

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

Toolkits

This toolkit provides program designers with information on how to develop and implement effective early childhood interactive audio instruction (IAI) programs in a range of settings.

Studies

This brief provides insights into formal and informal support that child care providers’ seek and receive to help them form successful collaborations.

Reports

Conducted by EDC and SRI International, the study’s goal was to understand the extent to which providing access to media resources focused on critical science and engineering concepts can help children living in low-income households learn.

Reports

This report examines Cyberchase: Mobile Adventures in STEM, a bilingual family engagement program for families with children ages 6 to 8 years old that uses weekly text messages and media to encourage parents and kids to do fun, hands-on environmental learning activities at home.

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.

Websites

EDC led the development of this comprehensive toolbox during its leadership of the Center of Excellence for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (IECMHC). The toolbox offers a wide array of interactive planning tools, guides, videos, and other resources to support IECMHC efforts in states, tribes, and communities.

Fact sheets

The Somali Interactive Radio Instruction Program (SIRIP) advances stabilization in Somalia by delivering education in a precarious situation and by giving children the capabilities they will need t