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, reduce disparities and strengthen their city's future workforce.

Early Learning Nation

Teacher with young children

NLC’s City Leadership for Building an Early Learning Nation initiative helps communities strengthen or build early childhood education systems. Read more...

Educational Alignment for Young Children

Parents reading to their baby.

NLC's Educational Alignment for Young Children initiative helps city leaders promote the early education and healthy development of children and increase the likelihood that they will achieve educational success by the end of third grade. Assistance is focused on educational alignment for children from birth to age eight. Read more...

Grade Level Reading

Boy reading.

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