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We believe in the power of building kids' brains to ensure a more equitable future. In our work, we advocate for kids and families by weaving together #earlylearning and #earlychildhood communities with cross-pollinated research and news. We’re always listening.

There’s never been a more urgent need to inspire, create and support communities focused on the well-being of our youngest citizens: to build an Early Learning Nation. The Early Learning Nation (ELN) hub can help.


ELN is a go-to place for:


•   Interviews with influential early learning researchers and leaders

•   News and feature articles that illuminate groundbreaking programs and studies

•   Digital storytelling, videos, engaging tips and resources from communities across the nation, and beyond


ELN leads with science and makes that science actionable for all audiences. We connect with advocates, champions, early learning professionals, parents, scientists and community leaders. We invite elected leaders to get involved and we help equip them with the resources they need to build an Early Learning Nation. We highlight challenges and successes from communities across the nation, and globally. We report on what works, wherever we find it.


ELN is also home to the newly digitized Progress Rating Tool, an easy-to-use, step-by-step assessment guide to help individuals, programs and organizations evaluate their progress in becoming an Early Learning community. It’s accompanied by the Early Learning Community Action Guide that serves up tactics, tips, lessons and other resources, all designed to help cultivate a robust Early Learning community.


The Progress Rating Tool and Community Action Guide are a culmination of years of deep, cutting-edge research from the National League of Cities and the Center for the Study of Social Policy.


Visit our FAQs to learn more about the Progress Rating Tool, and to find answers to questions like “What makes an Early Learning Community?” “Why should I use the Progress Rating Tool?” and “What are the four key Building Blocks?”


Watch this space as we develop Early Learning Nation. It’s a dynamic space, ever-changing, ever-useful, and you’re invited to be part of its evolution. Contact us at info@earlylearningnation.com for criteria regarding how to submit content, how to become a partner or sponsor, or simply to ask a question or make a suggestion. We want to hear from you!


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