National Center on Early Childhood Development Teaching and Learning

The National Center on Early Childhood Development, Teaching, and Learning (NCECDTL) is awarded to Zero to Three in collaboration with the University of Washington, Vanderbilt University, Child Trends, and the Children's Equity Project.

NCECDTL advances best practices in the identification, development, and promotion of the implementation of evidence-based child development and teaching and learning practices that are culturally and linguistically responsive and lead to positive child outcomes across early childhood programs. They also support strong professional development systems. The Center's work includes, but is not limited to:

  • Professional development for the infant, toddler, and preschool workforce
  • Evidence-based curriculum
  • Intentional teaching and home visiting practices
  • Effective transitions
  • Developmental screening instruments and ongoing assessment tools
  • Practice-based coaching
  • Culturally, linguistically, and age-appropriate practices
  • Enhancing teacher-child interactions
  • Supporting children with disabilities and suspected delays (Part C and Part B)
  • Using data to improve practice

NCECDTL ensures early care and education programs have access to high quality training and technical assistance, information, and materials consistent with the requirements of the Head Start Act, Head Start Program Performance Standards, the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014, and other applicable regulations. It also serves as an intersection for the synthesis of research, data, knowledge, and experience to help inform OHS priorities. NCECDTL is responsive to the unique needs of dual language learners, American Indian and Alaskan Native (AIAN) and Migrant and Seasonal Head Start (MSHS) programs, in particular, as well as other diverse populations. It uses professional development strategies that support states, tribes, and agencies in serving low-income families.


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