We improve outcomes for children and their families through the development of innovations that drive early childhood program quality.

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.

Theory of Change

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.

Long-Term Impact

  • Ultimate Impact: Improve outcomes for young children and their families
  • Improve the quality of early childhood education for children and their families
  • Increase the professionalization of the early childhood field



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

Download our Theory of Change as a pdf.