Early childhood – typically defined as preschool through about 3rd grade – is a critical developmental period and a core focus of the Education School's research. From training early childhood teachers to cultivating policy partnerships across Virginia and beyond, UVA's education school is deeply committed and engaged in how to improve education for our littlest learners.
News & Media
$10 Million Gift Supports Early Learning
Jane Batten’s gift will enable creation of professorships and fellowships in the School of Education.Read More
2019 Early Childhood Education Summit
Superintendents, policy makers, and experts gathered for a conversation about the status and future vision for Early Childhood Education in the Commonwealth of VA.Read more
New Undergraduate Major: Early Childhood Education
In a major restructuring of its Teacher Education program, the UVA School of Education and Human Development launched 3 new undergraduate teaching majors.Read More
Running on a New Promise for Pre-K
"Let’s stop thinking that pre-k, universal or targeted, is the silver bullet answer," writes Dean Pianta for The Hill.Read More
Researchers Pilot New Curriculum in Virginia
The Ed School will pilot a new curriculum in 100 early childhood classrooms, half private and faith-based and half state or federally funded, over the next two years.Read More
Expanding Quality Early Childhood Education
Virginia and Louisiana landed nearly $18M in federal grants to enhance early childhood education initiatives. Ed School researchers are a key part of both projects.Read More
The Latest News
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of Virginia kindergartners take EHD's readiness assessments
best Elementary Education program in the country
states use tools developed at the School of Education and Human Development
Developed at the UVA School of Education and Human Development, the Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening—or PALS—has become the gold standard for the reading assessment of PreK-3rd grade students, expanding into 99% of Virginia school divisions, 50 states, and multiple countries.
Economically disadvantaged children are more likely to be chronically absent from school. How does absenteeism affect learning outcomes for young children?
Early STEM Skills
Weekly spacial playgroups, held at the Virginia Discovery Museum, are a living and growing collaboration including researchers, museum staff, and students to learn more about children's spacial skill development – a key skill for STEM learning.
Meet the Researchers
Daphna Bassok: Early Childhood Education Policy
Associate Professor, Associate Director of EdPolicyWorksLearn More
Jason T. Downer: Early Childhood Achievement & Learning
Professor of Education, Director of CASTLLearn More
Jennifer LoCasale-Crouch: Early Childhood Classroom Interactions
Research Associate Professor, CASTLLearn More
Luke C. Miller: Early Childhood Education Policy
Research Assistant Professor, EdPolicyWorksLearn More
Katherine Miller-Bains: Large-Scale Teaching Supports
Research Assistant Professor, CASTL
Khara Turnbull: Language Development & Classroom Discourse
Assistant Professor of Education, Researcher at CASTLLearn More
Amanda P. Williford: Early Childhood Education
Batten Bicentennial Professor of Early Childhood EducationLearn More
Early Learning News
A new UVA study will examine brain data of elementary-age students to explore how memory systems support math learning. (Illustration by Ziniu Chen, University Communications)
In a new volume, researchers highlight the ways partnerships between researchers and policymakers are a promising approach to effectively expanding high quality early childhood education.
With a new research fellowship, education professor Jamie Jirout will expand her research on how teachers and parents can encourage curiosity and spark interest in learning.
With $3.4M Grant, Researchers Will Examine Professional Development Impact on Preschoolers’ Behavior
Researchers will study an early childhood mental health consultation model aimed to improve teacher practice and promote young children’s success in preschool.
A UVA professor of reading education says that some children will need higher levels of intensive, targeted reading instruction at the beginning of this school year.