Early Childhood Learning

High-quality early learning provides young children with the foundation that enables healthy development and academic success. Research finds long-term benefits throughout school and beyond—including greater educational attainment and life success—especially for English learners and children from low-income households. High-leverage strategies that can help make the most of dollars spent on early childhood education include:

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  • Using a research-based curriculum and developmentally appropriate instructional practices.
  • Investing in educator quality, including higher pay and increased access to specialized training, classroom-based coaching, and higher education programs that provide strong clinical training.
  • Coordinating and aligning systems and services for children, including links between early childhood and k-12 systems.
  • Using a quality rating system linked to program standards to assess quality across providers and to provide targeted support for program improvement.
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