Early childhood plays a critical role in later school success.
There is widespread underinvestment and fragmentation in early childhood.
Chronic absenteeism has increased, which is particularly detrimental for young students.
Opportunities for various types of play—a critical component of children’s development—have been declining.
Family engagement solutions and parent coaching continue to show impact on child outcomes.
Centering Healthcare Institute
Improving children’s outcomes through group-based prenatal and pediatric healthcare.
Combining professional development for early childhood educators with coaching and parent education.
Improving early language skills through “talk pedometer” technology.
Connecting home and school to close the early literacy gap.
Scaling the use of AI-powered translation to strengthen teachers’ connections to non-English speaking families.
Tools of the Mind
Combining comprehensive Pre-K and kindergarten curriculum with educator professional development to support executive function skills for children.
Support Parents and Families
Develop and scale sustainable parent/family support programs that improve healthy birth outcomes, early relational health, and home learning environments.
Improve Early Learning Environments
Improve the quality of early learning environments by increasing the availability of high-quality instructional materials and aligned professional development, family engagement solutions, and push-in supports that increase adult to child ratios.
Spread Best Practices
Accelerate the spread of best practices and evidence-based decision-making in early childhood through knowledge generation, measurement improvement, and field building.
What impact do family engagement approaches have on reducing chronic absenteeism in the early grades? To what extent does this impact students’ academic and social-emotional skills?
What is the impact of our grantees’ high-reach programs when implemented at-scale?