When Did We Start Educating Young Children?

About the Series


The History of Early Childhood Education from Froebel to Today

The first organized system of preschool education began with Friedrich Froebel, who invented Kindergarten in the 1830's. His visionary system resembled design education more than the skills prep used in most schools today. This 8-episode series captures 200 years of struggle to control Froebel's "garden of children" and its impact on the future economy. Content areas include:

  • The Founding of Public Schools
  • The First Successful Women's Movement
  • Fueling the Industrial Revolution
  • Sparking Modernism in the Visual Arts