The Stanford Center on Early Childhood brings new tools and pathways for impact to the places where early childhood development happens–early learning environments, healthcare, and community-based family support programs and services.
Our vision is that:
all children achieve their full developmental potential;
all adults in young children’s lives receive the support they need in the context of their communities;
all communities have a continuous, coordinated, and equitable ecosystem of supports for children and families; and
all government and public early childhood policies, programs, and systems are aligned to achieve these goals.
Who we are
The Stanford Center on Early Childhood is an initiative of the Stanford Accelerator for Learning, which seeks to accelerate solutions to the most pressing challenges facing learners.
Housed at the Graduate School of Education and led by Dr. Philip Fisher, the center draws on the GSE’s cutting-edge expertise in learning, as well as Stanford’s globally-recognized strength in innovation and collaboration across disciplines.
What we do
The Stanford Center on Early Childhood conducts research and creates tools to support children, families, caregivers, and practitioners. Our work spans research, policy, and practice essential to advancing the world’s capacity to nurture its youngest learners and help them reach their full potential.
Science-based design and innovation are foundational to our work, as are place-based partnerships with families and child-serving organizations and public systems. We establish equity-centered alliances among communities, researchers, and policy makers to ensure a multi-directional flow of information that amplifies the voices of families with young children.
We conduct cutting-edge research on early childhood development and the factors that impact that development, including stress, unpredictability, and responsive caregiving. We take an ecological approach, examining all aspects of the early learning environment.
Fellowships and Training
We provide interdisciplinary and equity-centered training to the next generation of researchers and practitioners working with families with young children, emphasizing the role of communities, healthcare, and learning environments in early years development.
Tools and pathways
We use measurement, impact evaluation, and data science as tools to facilitate continuous quality improvement in early childhood programs, interventions, and systems. We establish place-based partnerships to ensure our tools are accessible and available to the communities that need them.
The IES-funded Equity in Early Education (E3) postdoctoral fellowship program will train the next generation of scholars to conduct research that will contribute to more equitable, impactful, and sustainable early childhood care and education systems. Applications for this two-year fellowship open in October and are due Dec 1.
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