From birth to age eight, children take the first steps in a lifelong learning journey. EDC speeds them on their way by designing, studying, supporting, and scaling up programs that enhance school readiness and success. We have a special focus on meeting the needs of children from disadvantaged communities and dual language learners, engaging and supporting families, and building the capacity of educators and communities to sustain improvements.

In the United States, we work to create strong, coherent preK-Grade 3 systems and advance knowledge of how to improve early science, mathematics, and literacy learning. Around the world, we implement innovative early childhood programs that build literacy and numeracy skills, excite interest in learning, and help educators, volunteers, and parents enrich early learning.

Learn more: Read "Early Childhood @EDC."

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Experts

Jennifer Allison
Director, Children’s Safety Network
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Senior International Technical Advisor
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Senior Training and Technical Assistance Associate
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Team Leader, Basic Education and Literacy Team/Senior Literacy Expert
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Literacy Specialist
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Senior Research Scientist
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Senior Research Associate
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Evaluator
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Science Educator
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Research Scientist
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Principal Technical Advisor
Cornelia Janke
Senior International Technical Advisor
Jennifer Kennedy
Deputy Chief of Party
Carrie Lewis
Senior Technical Advisor
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Research Scientist
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Senior Project Director
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Senior Project Director
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Communications and Marketing Specialist
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Lydia O'Donnell
Senior Vice President | Senior Fellow
Shelley Pasnik
Vice President | Director, Center for Children and Technology
Elizabeth Miller Pittman
International Curriculum and Training Specialist
Diane Schilder
Principal Research Scientist
Tony Streit
Senior Project Director
Nancy Topping-Tailby
Project Director
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Research Scientist

Resources

Here are a few of our resources on early childhood development and learning. To see more, visit our Resources section.

Reports

This final report summarizes the evaluation of the impact of EDC’s Early Childhood Caregiver Professional Development and Certification Program in Rwanda.

Reports

This paper describes the work of the Home Visiting Collaborative for Improvement and Innovation Network (HV CoIIN).

Toolkits

This tool helps Head Start programs better understand the link between their school readiness goals and their health service plans.

Reports

This factsheet provides a brief overview of some of EDC’s work to ensure that all young children—especially those who live in low-income communities and are members of under-represented groups—can

Reports

This is the summary of a report that presents the results of a first-of-its-kind national survey of parents, who were asked about the types of early science educational activities they do with their young children.

Reports

This report presents the results of a first-of-its-kind national survey of parents, who were asked about the types of early science educational activities they do with their young children.

Resource libraries

This resource library from the Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO) contains policy reports, briefs, annotated bibliographies, and other tools targeted to help early childhood educat

Reports

To promote optimal development, each Head Start program plans, implements, and evaluates actions that provide safe environments for children to be active and competent learners.

Toolkits

This toolkit provides program designers with information on how to develop and implement effective early childhood interactive audio instruction (IAI) programs in a range of settings.

Reports

This report summarizes the results of the Time to Learn project in Zambia, which was funded by the U.S.