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For the fourth-straight year, state spending on publicly funded preschool has increased, according to the latest report by the Education Commission of the States.

Voters in the conservative state, including a majority of Mormons, widely support public preschool, a survey finds, though respondents were divided on full-day kindergarten.

The Institute of Education Studies has just launched new research network focused on developing "reliable information and useful tools" for early educators and policymakers.

Researchers at Vanderbilt University have found that exposing infants to certain experiences can make them better learners a full year later.

Last year, there was far more talk than action among legislators and policymakers about expanding early-childhood education. The talk has started again.

Using data and evidence-based practices wisely will help improve the 50-year-old preschool program for low-income children, says a coalition of Head Start advocates and good governance groups.

A study of Tennessee preschool students found that those who were taught by highly rated 1st grade teachers performed better than those who had highly rated teachers but did not attend state preschool.

Scientists have proven what parents and caregivers have known intuitively for thousands of years: Lullabies work better than baby talk for keeping infants calm.

Between 2008 and 2015 the number of nature-focused preschools where children spend much of their time outside has more than tripled.


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