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Staying in school and on the right path to graduation means looking toward the start – early childhood education. Quality early childhood education is vital in preparing children for school and developing literacy, math, science as well as social skills. Research has continually shown that early childhood education helps kids stay vested in school and on the path to graduation.

As a part of American Graduate, several public media stations are producing content and conversations around the topic of early childhood education investment and availability in communities across the country.

See some of the stations’ efforts below, and learn more about our American Graduate communities on the “Find Your Community” page. Learn more about the importance of early childhood education with the resources on the right.

KETC/Hanging with Mr. Z

LUME Institute President & CEO Steve Zwolak discusses the importance of early childhood education and the impact it can have on lifelong learning and success.

Nine Network Early Education


WNET/Parenting Minutes

This brief New York Parenting Minute video highlights the importance of Pre-K and underscores the fact that pre-k can help children prepare for kindergarten, improve their chances of graduating from high school and give them a head start in life. The video describes that every district in NYC has a free full-day quality pre-k program for 4-year olds.

New York Parenting Minutes


KNME/Public Square: Impact of Early Learning

A discussion on how to improve child well-being in New Mexico with a look at the impact of early learning. Numerous studies indicate that there are many long-term effects on children who attend quality preschool or pre-kindergarten programs (Pre-K). Those include gains in achievement and social emotional development, less grade repetition and special education, and increased high school graduation rates. 

ThinkTV/The Power of Preschool

This program takes a look at how other cities have successfully mounted universal preschool programs and what a Preschool Promise program could look like in the Dayton, Ohio region.

Power of Preschool/Cincinnati

KETC/Quality Early Childhood Education: A Solution for our Future Workforce

Nine Network of Public Media hosted LUME CEO Steve Zwolak, who lead a 20-minute presentation followed by questions and answers about the importance of high-quality early childhood education, its impact on the St. Louis, Mo. economy and community and what business leaders can do to create change.

KBTC/Early Start Act: American Graduate Day

As a part of American Graduate Day, KBTC examined Washington state’s recent passage of the “Early Start Act,” which for the next two years will bring more than $100 million worth of investment toward early childhood education.

WCTE/Growing Education: Early Beginnings

WCTE produced “Growing Education: Early Beginnings,” which looks at child development between the ages of 3 and 6.

WNET/Pre-K for All Expands Access to Early Learning

Through its MetroFocus program, WNET looked at preschool expansion in the New York City area. One of New York City’s Mayor de Blasio’s goals is to offer free, full-day, pre-kindergarten to four-year-olds citywide. Andrea Vasquez visits a pre-k in East Harlem to report on the program’s first year and plans to expand this model for early learning.

KLRU/Expanding Access to Early Childhood Education

Sue Carpenter, Senior Director of United Way's Success By 6, Muya Hayes, Early Childhood Coordinator for Manor ISD and James Butler, AISD's 2014 Teacher of the Year and Pre-K Teacher at Gullett Elementary discuss ways in which to get more students into Pre-K programs in Austin as well as what teachers need to better understand early childhood development.


Early brain development

Brains develop faster during the early years than at any other time in our lives, with hundreds of neural connections being made every second.

Harvard Center on the Developing Child

Business/Economic Case

Investing $1 in early learning returns up to $16 over a lifetime.

Ready to Learn Findings

James Heckman, Economist

Education/Equity Case

Children who are not reading at grade level by third grade are four times more likely to drop out than their peers who read at grade level.

Campaign for Grade Level Reading

PBS Kids

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PBS Parents

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