Early childhood – typically defined as preschool through about 3rd grade – is a critical developmental period and a core focus of the Curry 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 UVA’s Curry School, positively affecting the quality of education offered to young people.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 Curry School is proud to launch 3 new undergraduate teaching majors, including Early Childhood Education.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 Curry 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. Curry School researchers are a key part of both projects.Read More
The Latest News
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of Virginia kindergartners take Curry's readiness assessments
best Elementary Education program in the country
states use tools developed at the Curry School
Developed at the Curry School, 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
Early Learning News
In 2019, CASTL faculty received a total of $12.4 million in new grant funding to research a range of topics spanning early childhood to postsecondary education.
Participants at the Connect Science Energy Institute will learn about effective social-emotional learning and teaching, service-learning and relevant content on energy and natural resources.
Daphna Bassok has seen firsthand the benefits of quality early childhood education. Now she’s working to make sure more children receive those opportunities.