Early Childhood Associates


ECA supports projects that span the Birth to Grade 3 system. This work reflects our commitment to the well-planned outcome and implementation research, quality assurance models, universal pre-k planning, workforce development including educator and TA competency development and approaches, strategic planning, and access to high-quality inclusive programs for individuals with disabilities. Our approach embodies a commitment to build the capacity of those who request our services while learning from them and ultimately translating knowledge into meaningful products that improve people’s lives.

ECA knows what quality looks like as evaluators and technical assistance providers but from the inside – like public school and early childhood teachers and leaders.

Research & Development

Research & Evaluation Projects

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.

Strategy & Planning

Capacity Building Projects

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.

Quality Assurance

Quality Assurance Projects

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.


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