- Resources & Research
Research in the early childhood field demonstrates the critical role that program quality plays in the development of the cognitive skills, social abilities, and healthy behaviors that prepare children to succeed in school and life.
We focus on the role of early childhood leaders as catalysts of program improvement and quality. The research base shows enhanced leadership competencies and increased leadership capacity within organizations yield sustainable improvements in program quality, which will, in turn, improve outcomes for children and families served.
Advance early childhood leaders’ professional qualifications and/or credentials
Improve leadership competency, skills, knowledge and mindsets of early childhood leaders
Increase access to professional development, education, and credentials
Inform and improve quality rating and improvement systems (QRIS)
Inform and improve state professional development systems (PDS)
Provide innovative direction to the field
Influence/inform policy change that supports early childhood leadership
Raise the visibility of the role and value of the leader as the gateway to quality