Our goal: All children enter kindergarten with the skills needed to unlock their potential.

The early years of a child’s life are a critical time for learning. Yet many parents and caregivers lack the resources to maximize children’s cognitive, social, and emotional development.

Our Early Impact portfolio empowers families, caregivers, and communities to use evidence-based positive parenting practices that provide children a strong foundation for early learning and development.

Our Learnings

Early childhood matters.

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

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.

Tech-enabled 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.


Promising results for preschoolers 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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A family of four laughs on the couch. Image provided by Bright By Three.

Bright by Three

A virtual village built via text message.

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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.


Helping parents support learning for young children.

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Portfolio Details

Our Approach

Provide support to parents outside of systems, filling a key gap for new parents and caregivers and allowing for deeper focus and understanding of needs.

Our Approach

Increase investment in organizations that use group-based coaching to help parents, increasing not only parental knowledge and skills, but also their social capital.  

Our Approach

Support organizations that use customer-centric and scalable delivery channels to support families, increasing the reach and impact of interventions.

Our Approach

Facilitate collaboration between researchers, organizations, and practitioners to align on and measure progress towards Kindergarten-readiness.

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

Our Questions

What types of interventions and support best help parents and caregivers prepare their children for success?

What are the core parent practices and capacities that lead to positive child outcomes?

What supports, resources, and information do parents most want and need, and how do those wants and needs vary across individuals and groups?

What are the most reliable ways to measure changes in parenting and child development at scale?

Can technological innovations be as effective as in-person support?

Page Data Source:

Rouse, C. E., Brooks-Gunn, J., & McLanahan, S. (Eds.). (2005). School readiness: Closing racial and ethnic gaps. [Special Issue] The Future of Children, 15(1).

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