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."

Experts

Jennifer Allison
Director, Children’s Safety Network
EDC's Susan Bruckner staff portrait
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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Director of Early Learning and Development
Shai Fuxman staff portrait
Senior Research Scientist
Marion Goldstein staff portrait
Senior Research Associate
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Evaluator
Jess Gropen staff portrait
Senior Research Scientist
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Science Educator
Naomi Hupert staff portrait
Research Scientist
David Jacobson staff portrait
Senior Project Director
Cornelia Janke
Senior International Technical Advisor
Jennifer Kennedy
Deputy Chief of Party
Carrie Lewis
Senior Technical Advisor
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Research Scientist
Mary Ann Mackrain staff portrait
Senior Project Director
Jana Martella staff portrait
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

Based on an EDC-led workshop funded by the National Science Foundation, this white paper explores the impact of language documentation on language revitalization, shares the benefits of language documentation and revitalization for young children, and presents recommendations and implications for future research.

Reports

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

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 brief describes EDC’s deep commitment to ensuring that all young children have the support they need during the critical early childhood window of time.

Reports

This online guide provides Head Start and Early Head Start home visitors with effective strategies to assess, promote, and model good hygiene during regular meetings with families.

Reports

This report, published by the Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO) and the Center on School Turnaround (CST), describes how three schools in Massachusetts, Missouri, and Nebraska int

Reports

This report, jointly developed by the Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO) and the BUILD Initiative, shares findings from a think tank and working group in which early childhood lead

Toolkits

Published by Brookes, the Early Language and Literacy Classroom Observation (ELLCO) pre-K and K–3 toolkits are research-based instruments that enable teachers, leaders, and researchers to observe,

Resource libraries

The Children’s Safety Network (CSN) is a national resource center for the prevention of childhood injuries and violence.