Early Childhood Education

By improving access to high-quality child care and early education, cities can ensure that every child enters school ready to learn, support working parents with young children, reduce educational and economic disparities and strengthen their city's future workforce.

City policy and practice can support families with young children so that all children enter kindergarten ready to succeed, read at grade level and go on to graduate from high school prepared for postsecondary education and a career.

Grade Level Reading

Boy reading.

More than 80 percent of students from low-income families do not read proficiently by the end of third grade. As a major partner in the national Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, NLC is working to mobilize city leaders to close the gap in reading achievement among low-income students. Read more...

Educational Alignment for Young Children

Parents reading to their baby.

NLC has launched the Educational Alignment for Young Children initiative, a technical assistance program to help city leaders promote the healthy development and education of children and increase the likelihood that they will achieve educational success by the end of third grade. NLC focuses its technical assistance on educational alignment for children from birth to age eight. Read more...