In the fight to end educational inequity, everyone is needed. Learn about the partnerships that are helping us connect across communities and bringing diverse perspectives to the table.
The Early Childhood Education Initiative
Why Early Education Matters
From the day they are born, children are learning. Their early experiences are critical to their long-term development. Yet studies show that children living in poverty can be nearly a full academic year behind their peers when they enter kindergarten—a gap that grows wider as school progresses.
Excellent early childhood education can change that, making the earliest and longest-lasting impact on a child’s life.
About Our Initiative
- In the Classroom
- In the Community
In 2006, we launched our Early Childhood Education (ECE) Initiative and joined other organizations determined to make an excellent early education the reality for every child.
Today, Teach For America corps members lead pre-K classrooms in Head Start centers, district and charter schools, and other child care centers across the country.
We aspire to be one of the largest providers of great early childhood education teachers for low-income classrooms.
In 2014-15, 300 Teach For America corps members are teaching more than 6,000 pre-K students nationwide. And thanks to partners like the Atlanta Speech School, we’re providing training and resources to set our teachers and their students on the path to success. Recent gold-standard research on our pre-K through second grade corps found that their students achieved an additional 1.3 months’ growth in reading compared with their peers with non-Teach For America teachers.
And check out these learning modules from the Atlanta Speech School to discover the importance of developing a rich vocabulary in young learners.
The work of our ECE corps members and alumni—whose ranks include teachers, school and district leaders, and community organizers—would not be possible without the support and partnership of organizations like the Community Action Project and the broader ECE community. So much more is possible for our young learners when we all work together.
Meet Our ECE Leaders
In The News
A Pre-K Teacher’s Letter to Her Students, Six Years Later
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More Than Milk Cartons
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Can We Talk About Race With Young Children?
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How Can Students Learn Through Play?
Two teachers explain a four-part approach to developing academic and social skills in early childhood. Read more