Early child development (ECD) refers to a combination of programs and policies aimed at improving the nutrition, health, cognitive and psycho-social development, education and social protection of young children. Brookings experts conduct research that aims to better understand how to successfully scale up and sustain effective ECD programs and policies in both America and throughout the developing world.
U.S. President Barack Obama plays a game with children in a pre-kindergarten classroom at College Heights early childhood learning center in Decatur, Georgia (REUTERS/Jason Reed).
Obama’s Preschool Plan
February 20, 2013, Grover J. "Russ" Whitehurst
Last week President Obama announced an initiative to have the states "make preschool available to every child." While the rhetoric sounds like a call for universal preschool, Russ Whitehurst explains that the White House fact sheet on the preschool plan suggests otherwise.
February 28, 2013
February 15, 2013, Ted Gayer
January 2013, Takako Yuki and Yuriko Kameyama
December 2012, Anda Adams
December 2012, Daniel A. Wagner, Katie M. Murphy and Haley De Korne
Paper | The Future of Children
October 2, 2012, Ron Haskins, Richard Murnane, Isabel V. Sawhill and Catherine Snow
August 21, 2012, Justin W. van Fleet
Paper | Center on Children and Families
August 16, 2012, Martin R. West
June 29, 2012, Lauren Greubel and Jacques van der Gaag
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