Although STEM education is inarguably essential in today's economy, it is not always seamlessly incorporated into early childhood education--and the barriers to inclusion are more pervasive than many educators might realize.

"Just as the industrial revolution made it necessary for all children to learn to read, the technology revolution has made it critical for all children to understand STEM," according to the report.

After a 2013 STEM workshop targeted to early childhood educators, those who attended said they were excited by evidence-based STEM education practices and tools, but many also noted various barriers to implementation, including feeling limited by existing school structures...

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