Our goal: Ensure all children enter Kindergarten “ready to learn” and continue to experience high-quality learning in early elementary years.

The early years of a child’s life are a critical time for learning. Parents and caregivers are deeply committed to giving their children the strongest possible start, but may not have access to the resources they need to maximize children’s cognitive, social, and emotional development.

Our Early Impact portfolio funds direct impact and ecosystem organizations that support families and early learning environments in expanding their use of evidence-based practices that are proven to make a difference in the early lives of children.

Our Learnings

Early childhood plays a critical role in later school success.

Families are looking for support, but there is no system that provides it.

With the rise of distance learning, the school-home connection is more important than ever.

Language development and parent language quality are key early predictors of K-readiness.

Trusted messengers are key to building demand in communities and positively related to the likelihood of program adoption.

Parent coaching can be effective in changing parent behavior and related child outcomes.

Grantee Spotlight

Learn more about some of the work funded by the Early Impact portfolio.

A child and her mother listen to a presentation. Image provided by ParentCorps.


Ensuring preschoolers thrive by keeping families at the center.

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Centering Healthcare Institute

Improving children’s outcomes through group-based prenatal and pediatric healthcare.

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Springboard Collaborative

Connecting home and school to close the early literacy gap.

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An early language program powered by “talk pedometer” technology.

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An infant participates in brain imaging. Image provided by I-LABS.


Generating knowledge to help parents support children’s early language development.

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Scaling the use of AI-powered translation to strengthen teachers’ connections to non-English speaking families.

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Our Approach

Support Parents

Support parents and families to be their children’s first teachers and champions, increasing parental knowledge, skills, and capacities, and connecting parents with each other as well as with their children.

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Improve Early Learning Environments

Improve the quality of early learning environments by helping educators increase their use of evidence-based teaching practices and ability to engage the families and communities they serve.

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Spread Best Practices

Accelerate the spread of best practices in early childhood through knowledge generation, measurement improvement, and field building.

A nurse helps a mom engage her infant with toys. Image provided by Nurse-Family Partnership.
Children ride tricycles outside their preschool. Image provided by Campaign for Grade Level Reading.

Our Questions

To what extent do in-person models have the same or similar impact on child outcomes when delivered virtually?

Is it more impactful to improve the quality of early learning environments or their ability to engage the family and community?

What are the most cost-effective drivers of K-Readiness and early school success?

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