Re-imagining professional learning
Bringing together the best thinking of P-12 education to drive education reform
Engaging adults in high quality instructional practices
Setting the stage for evidence-informed data driven decision making
Leading the strategic planning process
Developing leadership capacity
Building capacity for engaging in evidence informed data driven decision making
Coaching to support program leaders, strengthen teacher practice, and improve outcomes for children
Advancement of Learning for the Enrichment of Lives
Based just outside of Boston, in the hub of research and innovation, Early Childhood Associates, Inc. (ECA) is a nationally recognized social research and consulting firm dedicated to promoting the healthy growth and development of children, and their families as well as the practitioners who support them.
ECA is at the forefront of innovation in Birth-3rd Grade education, data-driven decision-making facilitations, effective and powerful coaching and technical assistance, the creation of continual program improvement through program evaluation, and the important work of infusing community and families into the education of our children and youth.
Program evaluation is not a cut-and-dried activity. Evaluation depends primarily on its purposes and audience; the nature of the program being evaluated; and the political and organizational context within which the evaluation is conducted. Ultimately, the goal is to use the evaluation results to guide conversations and foster deeper thinking around evidence-based decision making and program improvement.
It takes more than education to help kids be ready for school—they also need good health care; appropriate social and emotional development opportunities; strong support from their families and communities; and a well-qualified early childhood workforce. A well-developed, dynamic strategic plan guides an effective early learning system; uses evidence of change to adjust the plan in order to meet the plan’s short- to long-term benchmarks; and to inform policy and practices.
Teachers’ and education leaders’ engagement with effective professional development (PD) is linked to classroom quality and improved child outcomes. The best PD provides practitioners with interrelated and continuous learning opportunities based on the science of child development. It builds leadership capacity to support continuous, collaborative model of learning.
Creating high-quality learning environments requires skilled and committed leaders to help shape teaching. Effective teachers create stimulating early learning environments; engage in reflective practice; regular child assessment; and adopt curricula that make a difference in children’s development. Leadership is second only to teaching as an influence on learning. The high quality leadership is linked to improved student outcomes and educational equity.
Community Teamwork, Inc. in Greater Lowell helps nearly 50,000 individuals from 63 cities and towns in northeastern Massachusetts gain greater economic independence. One arm of the organization focuses on children and families through its early learning programs. As...read more
Guiding Change in Systems, Sectors and Settings By Kimm Quinlan (Region 1) and Carla Seymour (Region 5), each from Massachusetts' Educator Provider Support (EPS) programs. In March, we attended the Coaching 4 Change training hosted by Early Childhood Associates. ...read more
Many children enter the special education system as preschoolers, making it an ideal time to analyze and strengthen early childhood program and services. ECA uses a mixed method data collection process to evaluate current early childhood special education systems and...read more
Congratulations Preschool Development Grant (PDG) Birth-5 grantees! The work you are embarking on is important—far too many young children do not have access to high quality, affordable early education. Your strategic plan along with strong partnerships will impact...read more