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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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.
To Boost Science Learning, Start Early
New research finds that parents say more supports would help them do more science activities with their young children.
Why Does Social Emotional Learning Matter?
These are basic skills that set kids up for success later in life. EDC’s Karen Cairone explains.
How Can We Improve Early Education? Think Birth to Age 8
Improving early learning and care can help families and communities, says EDC’s David Jacobson.
Puerto Rico and the USVI: Head Start after the Hurricanes
Bringing back services devastated by Hurricanes Maria and Irma is critical for thousands of children and families across the Caribbean.
In Inclusive Classrooms, Differences Can Be Strengths
“There’s no manual for what works for each particular student,” says EDC’s Babette Moeller.
This factsheet provides an overview of some of EDC’s work to strengthen P-3 programs and systems to foster dual-language proficiency and improve outcomes for young dual-language learners.
To promote optimal development, each Head Start program plans, implements, and evaluates actions that provide safe environments for children to be active and competent learners.
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 app demonstrates that handwashing, covering your cough, and washing surfaces can reduce the spread of illness.
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 final report summarizes the evaluation of the impact of EDC’s Early Childhood Caregiver Professional Development and Certification Program in Rwanda.
This report presents findings from the Prekindergarten Transmedia Mathematics Study.
This factsheet provides an overview of some of EDC’s work to strengthen systems and services to help families, home visitors, community members, educators, and healthcare professionals ensure that
Drawing on a decade of research, EDC analyzed the impact of partnerships among early childhood education programs on the accessibility and quality of services for young children—particularly childr
This report 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.