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- Early Childhood Which States Offer Universal Pre-K? It's More Complicated Than You Might ThinkUniversal pre-K is growing in popularity. Here are the states that have already established universal preschool programs or policies.Early Childhood Support for Universal Pre-K Grows as More States Jump on BoardNew Mexico became the latest state to approve investments in pre-K programs.Early Childhood As Head Start Quality Push Continues, Advocates Raise Red Flag on EquityInadequate federal funding forces Head Start providers to choose between quality and quantity, a new report contends.SponsorThis content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.From the creators of ABCmouse, learn how a solution grounded in the science of reading can prepare our youngest learners for kindergarten.Early Childhood Spotlight Spotlight on Early LearningThis Spotlight will help you examine the impact of early education programs on high school performance, evaluate pre-K programs, and more.Early Childhood Get a Very Early Start on Teaching Coding Skills. Pilot Study Suggests Trying Robotic ToysThe study found that coding exercises enhanced the preschoolers’ problem-solving skills, creativity, and determination.Early Childhood Opinion The Not-So-Certain Science of Pre-KMuch of the support for universal preschool proceeds with a blind assurance that leaves difficult questions aside.Early Childhood Pandemic Kids Need Early Language Support. Here's How Teachers Can HelpPreschool teachers share their ideas for promoting students' language growth.Early Childhood What the Research Says Babies Are Saying Less Since the Pandemic: Why That's ConcerningChildren born in the pandemic have heard fewer words and conversations. Their language development has suffered.Early Childhood What the Research Says Early Education Pays Off. A New Study Shows HowStudents from state-funded universal preschool, but not federal Head Start, took more-challenging courses in high school, a study finds.Early Childhood Quiz Quiz Yourself: How Much Do You Know About Early Learning?Answer 7 questions to discover how much you know about early learning.Early Childhood Opinion Biden’s 'Build Back Better' Bill Could Decimate the Child-Care LandscapeMany families rely on faith-based child-care centers—but those providers are in peril under the Build Back Better bill's current language.Early Childhood What the Research Says Preschool Enrollment Has Plunged: What That Means for School ReadinessCensus data confirm that more than a million young children missed preschool during the pandemic, putting school readiness at risk.Early Childhood Opinion The Problems With Biden’s Universal Pre-K ProposalAn early-childhood education leader expresses concerns that the universal pre-K plan risks separating pre-K from the wider child-care sector.Early Childhood What the Research Says Starting School After the Pandemic: Youngest Students Will Need Foundational SkillsThe earliest grades saw the biggest enrollment drops in 2020-21. Experts say these students will need significant help come fall.