Initiatives

To improve child outcomes, it’s not enough to target a single aspect of quality. We provide comprehensive, customized support that helps the full galaxy of early childhood education service providers and decision-makers at the local, state, and national level enhance the quality of early learning. To raise the bar for all, we promote collaboration and communication among the field’s stakeholders. And, we lead state and national efforts to provide training and resources that promote the use of research-based practices. Interested? Contact Sheila Skiffington or Stacy Dimino.

We prioritize providing professional development that helps teachers draw upon current research and instructional best practices to provide high-quality learning experiences. Our instructors offer effective strategies to differentiate instruction, use data to improve teaching and learning, and meet the needs of English language learners. Nationwide, thousands of P–3 teachers have improved their practice through our credit-bearing courses, online workshops, and instructional coaching. Interested? Contact Sheila Skiffington.

Drawing upon the full range of methods—from randomized controlled trials to case analysis—and deep knowledge of the field, our studies enlighten policy-makers and inform strategic change. Our results identify key leverage points to improve the quality of services, promote school readiness, and support families. Interested? Contact Diane Schilder or Jess Gropen.

To set the stage for STEM success, it is key to spark students’ interest early on. Our curricula engage young students in meaningful inquiry and problem-solving that makes the most of their natural curiosity. Through our professional development, teachers acquire a deeper understanding of their subjects, as well as effective instructional strategies that let students take the lead in learning. And, we study new ways to enhance early science and math teaching and learning. Interested? Contact Cynthia Hoisington or Ashley Lewis Presser.

Current research highlights the importance of engaging families in their children’s learning. Our online and print tools, technical assistance, and trainings help families support their children’s literacy development at home. We share current research on best practices to promote children’s early literacy in clear, easy-to-understand resources and fun, engaging activities. And, we work to identify new, effective ways to support family literacy. Interested? Contact Joanne Knapp-Philo.