The Science of Early Learning

Deans for Impact has culled through the (massive amount of!) research on early learning and created a succinct list of teaching strategies, based on scientific understanding. These strategies, specifically focused on building agency, literacy and numeracy, are in a new report called The Science of Early Learning.

The report aims to inform teachers, and especially colleges and programs that prepare teachers, on research-based approaches to foster the early learning of young children. Parents and caregivers will also find this report helpful.

The report is a starting point to explore the science of early learning and promotes practical applications of the research. It begins with how children develop a sense of self and builds into how students learn to read and write proficiently, and lastly discusses mathematic thinking.

We see the domains of agency, literacy, and numeracy as interdependent. As children develop a sense of self and the ability to self-regulate, they are better able to persist in literacy and math activities.

—Deans for Impact

The Science of Early Learning
March 2019
Authored by: Deans for Impact

In 2018, The Belk Foundation invested $50,000 in Deans for Impact for this report and to convene a Community of Practice for leadership teams from five NC educator preparation programs.