Recent Articles & Studies About Early Education

April 07, 2017

Do Preschool Teachers Really Need to Be College Graduates?

In Washington, D.C., teachers at child care centers will soon join preschool teachers in needing college degrees — one of a series of policies nationwide requiring higher education for the people who take care of young children.

Advocates say it’s a way to ensure that teachers are qualified to nurture children at a crucial phase of development. They cite evidence that high-quality early childhood education helps children, especially disadvantaged ones, for the rest of their lives — but that low-quality preschool can hurt more than none at all.

Critics, meanwhile, say there is nothing about taking care of young children that requires a college education. Mandating such credentials, they say, only makes child care even less affordable and reduces the supply and diversity of people able to do the job.

April 07, 2017

High-Quality Early Ed Brings Better Relationships with Parents and More Employment

New findings from the Abecedarian Project show that children who are given high-quality education at an early age, starting at six weeks old and continuing through their first five years of life, are more likely to be employed full-time and have better relationships with their parents as adults.

April 20, 2017

How Child Care Enriches Mothers, and Especially the Sons They Raise

As many American parents know, hiring care for young children during the workday is punishingly expensive, costing the typical family about a third of its income.

Helping parents pay for that care would be expensive for society, too. Yet recent studies show that of any policy aimed to help struggling families, aid for high-quality care has the biggest economic payoff for parents and their children — and even their grandchildren. It has the biggest positive effect on women’s employment and pay. It’s especially helpful for low-income families, because it can propel generations of children toward increased earnings, better jobs, improved health, more education and decreased criminal activity as adults.

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