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Key Resources on Early Childhood Education

Below is a list of resources to help journalists learn more about a variety of issues related to early childhood education.

  • The Harvard University Center on the Developing Child has a summary of brain development in early childhood. It also has other resources on the science of child development.
  • The National Home Visiting Resource Center offers a state-by-state look at evidence-based home visiting programs. Its yearbook offers even more comprehensive information.
  • Child Care Aware of America produces fact sheets on child care for every state and the District of Columbia, including availability and quality rating systems. 
  • The Center for the Study of Child Care Employment at the University of California Berkeley has information on pay, preparation and work environment, including state profiles. 
  • The National Institute for Early Education Research at the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University publishes annual yearbooks that provide both national and state profiles of preschool and Head Start. 
  • A detailed explanation of Head Start programs can be found on the Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center site of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
  • The Education Commission of the States published a 2018 report on issues for policymakers to consider from preschool to third grade. 
  • The National Center for Education Statistics has data on preschool and kindergarten enrollment.
  • The National Association for the Education of Young Children has a 32-page position paper on developmentally appropriate instruction for children from birth through age 8. It also has other guidance on its website.
  • Kids Count provides state-by-state data and trends on all sorts of early childhood issues, including health, risk factors, demographics, economic well-being and education.
  • Child Trends also provides a wealth of data on children’s well-being, especially in the early years.