About the Early Learning Network – Early Learning Network
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About the Early Learning Network

Our Mission & Purpose

The Early Learning Network conducted research to improve the academic success of children, especially those from historically marginalized groups, by identifying research-proven policies and practices that narrow opportunity gaps and ensure early learning success is maintained as children transition from preschool to elementary school and beyond.


Network researchers examined policies and practices, identified malleable factors associated with early learning and achievement, and developed tools to assess early learning instruction, interactions and environments.

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Components of the Network

The Early Learning Network was funded by the Institute for Education Sciences. Research and assessment teams based at universities and research centers across the country led this project from 2016 to 2024.


The Network is comprised of:

5 Research Teams

Five research teams conducted in-depth, exploratory research in areas that provide preschool opportunities for children from marginalized backgrounds.


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1 assessment team

One assessment team developed a classroom observation tool to be used by practitioners to assess preschool and early elementary classroom elements that are predictive of later learning and school achievement.


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1 Network Lead Team

One network lead team was responsible for the coordination of network activities and the facilitation of collaborative and cooperative work across all six research and assessment teams. 


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