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

Our Mission & Purpose

The Early Learning Network is examining why many children – especially those from low-income households or other disadvantaged backgrounds – experience academic and social difficulties as they transition from preschool to elementary school.


Network researchers are examining current policies and practices, identifying malleable factors associated with early learning and achievement, and developing tools to assess early learning instruction, interactions and environments.

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Components of the Network

The Early Learning Network is funded by the Institute for Education Sciences. Research and assessment teams are located at universities and research centers across the country and will conduct research over a five-year period.


The Network is comprised of:

5 Research Teams

Five research teams are conducting in-depth, exploratory research in areas that provide preschool opportunities for children from disadvantaged backgrounds.


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1 assessment team

One assessment team is developing 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 is responsible for the coordination of Network activities and the facilitation of collaborative and cooperative work across all 6 research and assessment teams. 


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