Early Childhood Education

New evidence continues to emerge on the formative potential of the early years in a person's life. NSF is investing in programs to transform STEM teaching and learning in pre-K and the early grades. This spotlight features NSF-funded projects and resources that seek to leverage these early learning opportunities.

CHALLENGES IN THE EARLY EDUCATION LANDSCAPE
This brief was produced in connection with the STEM Smart event held in Washington, D.C. in December, 2013. It highlights challenges, key research, and promising program in critical areas of the early education landscape.  

 Learn more about the STEM Smart workshop on early childhood.

 

WHAT WORK IS BEING DONE IN EARLY EDUCATION?
These resources were featured at the STEM Smart event held in December, 2013, and represent the work of various STEM education projects focused on early childhood. Learn more about these programs and projects. 

 

POSTER GALLERY
Browse the work of DR K-12 projects. These posters feature work in early childhood education presented at the 2014 and 2016 DR K-12 PI Meetings. 

 

EARLY CHILDHOOD ACROSS DR K-12 PROJECTS
At the 2014 DR K-12 PI Meeting, one breakout session, "Innovations in Early Childhood STEM Curricula and Professional Development," featured a poster symposium with representatives from five preschool projects across STEM domains that have developed curricula and provided teachers with supports for motivating all children’s engagement with STEM. In this video, representatives discuss their projects, major challenges faced, and what they have learned through their work. 

PROJECT VIDEOS ON EARLY CHILDHOOD WORK
Featured in the 2016 NSF STEM For All Video Showcase, these 3-minute videos are an engaging way to learn about early childhood work funded by the National Science Foundation's DR K-12 Program.  Click the image below to view the video.