- Robert Owen founded the first baby school in New Harmony, Indiana, in 1825, introducing the infant school concept to the United States.
- German was the language of instruction when Margarethe Schurz opened the first kindergarten in Watertown, Wisconsin, in 1856.
- In Boston, Massachusetts, Elizabeth Peabody established the first English-speaking kindergarten in the United States in 1860.
- Johann Pestalozzi's teaching techniques were adopted by the Educator Training Organization in 1861. Edward Sheldon founded it in Oswego, New York.
- Susan Blow established the country's first public kindergarten in 1873 with the support of William T. Harris, the city of St. Louis's commissioner of schools.
- G. Stanley Hall was the first American psychologist to extensively investigate young kids in 1880, and the results of his research strongly backed the idea that young children should attend kindergarten.
- The first structured nursery schools for early childhood opened in the United States in the 1920s. Arnold Gesell, Lois Meek (Stolz), Abigail Eliot, and other professionals were gathered by Patty Smith Hill to form the National Association for Nursery Education (NANE) in 1929.
- NANE was restructured in 1964 as the National Association for the Education of Young Children(NAEYC).
- America's earliest publicly sponsored preschool program, Head Start, was established in 1965 by President Lyndon B. Johnson.
- The Child Development Associate Consortium developed the CDA certificate in 1971.
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