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Top 5 in Early Childhood From 2015

December 11, 2015
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Sara Mead
U.S. News & World Report

2015 brought a spotlight and big changes to the way we think about early childhood education.

The needs of our nation’s littlest learners have garnered increasing attention in 2015. Although early learning still takes a back seat to K-12 education and higher education in national policy debates, state and national politicians are incorporating calls for early childhood investments into their stump speeches, philanthropic funders are targeting resources to early learning and, according to a new First Five Years Fund poll, average Americans increasingly recognize the importance of early learning for children’s long-term success.

Here are some of the early childhood stories that captured attention in 2015 – and what they might mean for the year ahead.