Early Childhood Education


The years before a child begins school are critical in setting the stage for future learning: Adequate preparation for kindergarten is instrumental in determining later success in school. RAND research has informed the debate on balancing the costs and benefits of preschool and early childhood education in the United States and Europe.

  • A mother reads with her three-year-old daughter at a Head Start program in Boston, Massachusetts, March 5, 2013, photo by Brian Snyder/Reuters


    High-Quality Early Childhood Programs Can Change Lives

    Jan 3, 2018

    The most comprehensive look to date at the benefits of early childhood education found that 102 of 115 programs improved at least one outcome for children beyond a statistical doubt. And the economic and social benefits continue to pay dividends, sometimes well into adulthood.

  • Preschool children and teachers, photo by Weekend Images Inc./Getty Images


    In Britain's Approach to Free Child Care, Lessons for the U.S.

    Oct 27, 2017

    If public school in America is free for kindergarten through high school, why not extend the same guarantee for the earliest years, when the potential impact is greatest? The United States can learn from Britain's experience in this area.

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