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National Center on Early Childhood Development, Teaching, and Learning

Our Mission

The National Center on Early Childhood Development, Teaching and Learning (NC-ECDTL) identifies, develops, and promotes the implementation of evidence-based practices that lead to positive child outcomes across 0-5 early childhood programs.

The NC-ECDTL is operating under a five-year grant aimed at impacting the training and technical assistance needs of Head Start and child care programs and systems.

The goal of NC-ECDTL is to identify, develop and promote the implementation of evidence-based practices that are culturally and linguistically responsive and lead to positive child outcomes across 0-5 early childhood programs, as well as to support strong professional development systems.

Our Partners

The NC-ECDTL approach is carried out by a consortium of partner organizations.

  • ZERO TO THREE
  • University of Washington’s Cultivate Learning and I-LABS
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Child Trends
  • Children’s Equity Project

As the primary partner, ZERO TO THREE, is responsible for setting the overall direction for the center and providing leadership as we work toward addressing the goals of the center. NC-ECDTL is funded by the Office of Head Start (OHS) and the Office of Child Care (OCC) within the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Early Head Start only reaches 7 percent of eligible infants and toddlers.

Early Head Start is poised to offer babies safe care and crucial developmental services, while helping parents improve their economic security.