New Special Reporting Project: How America Shortchanges Its 2-year-olds

A months-long reporting project, by the Journalism School's Teacher Project and the Hechinger Report, probes the dismal state of early childhood education and care across America, focused on a critical—and long neglected—age group: 2-year-olds.

The nine-part series, which published at Slate magazine, exposes the shockingly low-quality of American child care centers and the subpar training and support provided to the workers entrusted with caring for, and educating, the country's youngest students. But it also provides successful models we can emulate, including an innovative child care center in New York City, and a new program in France that aims to give the country's most vulnerable 2-year-olds a strong start at school. A team of seven reporters traveled to diverse communities, including Wichita, Kansas, Detroit, Michigan, Portland, Oregon, and the suburbs of Paris, to report the stories. The Teacher Project is a post-graduate fellowship at the Journalism School that focuses on in-depth education reporting projects that elevate the voices and experiences of teachers and students.

This year's fellows include Michael Elsen-Rooney (M.S. '17), Aditi Malhotra (M.A. '17), and Zoe Kirsch (M.S. '15). The project is overseen by veteran education journalist Sarah Carr (M.S. '02), and supported by the Emerson Collective and the Carnegie Foundation. Teacher Project work has been honored with several different awards, most recently a Front Page Award from The Newswomen's Club of New York for in-depth reporting.