Early Learning

pre-school storytimeEarly learning focuses on learning from birth to year 5 to better prepare children for success in school. Research demonstrates that learning begins at birth and that high-quality early learning programs help children arrive in kindergarten ready to succeed in school and in life. The focus of the Early Learning priority is to support early learning from birth through third grade with seamless transitions between preschool, kindergarten and elementary school.

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) supports this goal by

  • fostering high quality early learning approaches,
  • supporting early learning professionals’ development, and
  • expanding learning opportunities for early learners.
In addition, ED has created the Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes.