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

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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
Nancy Clark-Chiarelli
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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Senior Project Director
Kim Netter
Communications and Marketing Specialist
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Senior Training and Technical Assistance Specialist
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.

Studies

This factsheet provides an overview of some of EDC’s work to strengthen P-3 programs and systems to foster dual-language proficiency and improve outcomes for young dual-language learners.

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.

Reports

In this study, EDC and SRI researchers explored how time spent viewing and playing with PBS KIDS educational, noncommercial media can benefit young children’s learning, especially those growing up

Apps

This app demonstrates that handwashing, covering your cough, and washing surfaces can reduce the spread of illness.

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

Reports

This report presents findings from the Prekindergarten Transmedia Mathematics Study.

Reports

This factsheet provides an overview of some of EDC’s work to strengthen systems and services to help families, home visitors, community members, educators, and healthcare professionals ensure that

Resource libraries

Drawing on a decade of research, EDC analyzed the impact of partnerships among early childhood education programs on the accessibility and quality of services for young children—particularly childr

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.