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Early Childhood

Helping Parents Help Their Kids

The Early-Childhood Intervention That Can Make Even Congress Stop Fighting

Political support for evidence-based home visiting programs is so broad-based that Congress approved a funding extension earlier this spring. 

How Georgia Got Republicans and Democrats to Embrace Universal Pre-K

Even die-hard conservatives in the state support its public pre-K program. That's because it's open to everyone, not just the poorest families.

Inside D.C.'s Preschool Lottery

Even with a simpler application, there's a divide in how parents approach the lottery.

Invest Early in All Our Children

As we expand access to early childhood education, we must recognize that children with special needs will require more intensive support than others. 

Bilingualism Can Help Close Learning Gaps for Immigrant Students

While exposing children to more than one language is all the rage among affluent parents, lower-income immigrant kids may benefit most of all.

Why Are We Expanding the Federal Role in Early-Childhood Education?

Attempts to replicate successful early childhood education programs have not worked. We can't afford that kind of failure on a national scale.

Why the U.S. Doesn't Deliver on the Promise of High-Quality Early-Childhood Education

Far too often, parents find that the programs they can afford do not offer the quality they seek.  

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About The Next America

The Next America explores the political, economic and social impacts of profound racial and cultural change facing our nation. The initiative includes polls, national and local events with thought leaders, magazine supplements and this site. In 2010, Ronald Brownstein wrote a National Journal cover story, explained the impact of a shift to an older, more ethnically diverse America. “The Gray and the Brown: A Generational Mismatch” is the foundation of The Next America.