This is a 16-page executive summary of a national survey of more than 1,400 parents. It includes easy-to-use infographics about parents' attitudes, beliefs, and practices related to early learning and science learning. The study was developed as part of the CPB-PBS Ready To Learn Initiative.
Young children are naturally curious about the world around them. They mix water and dirt to create mud, ask whether plants eat food like people do, follow ants marching along a sidewalk crack, and wonder about everything they see. With help from adults, these early experiences are key to developing the important thinking and reasoning skills that children will later use to explore increasingly complex questions about how the world works.
This is a first of its kind study commissioned by the US Department of Education’s 'Ready to Learn Initiative' led by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and PBS. It was conducted by EDC and SRI International, two long-standing evaluation partners of Ready to Learn.