Professional educators.

Professional compensation.

Prepared children.

About Us

The Early Educator Investment Collaborative’s goal is to accelerate progress in the early childhood education profession and ensure early educators have the supports they need to be well-prepared and appropriately compensated. Learn more.

What’s New

Check out our latest grantee updates, webinars, and news below.


Our September newsletter shares a new report from School Readiness Consulting featuring the work of our IHE Partnership Grantees: Strategies for Systems Change: Lessons Learned from the Transforming Early Educator Lead Teacher Preparation Programs Through Multi-Partner Innovation Grant Program. The report explores the work of our grantees throughout the first two years of the grant program, paying particular attention to how the IHEs and their partners have made meaningful, systemic changes to address barriers on their campuses, in their communities, and in the field at large. Learn more about our grantees here, and access resources like newsletters and lecture recordings from the grantee Learning Community here.


Our June newsletter shares new resources from Year 2 of the Transforming Early Educator Lead Teacher Preparation Programs Through Multi-Partner Innovation grantee Learning Community. The latest newsletter also highlights two upcoming IHE Partnership grantee presentations at the BUILD 2023 Conference. The first grantee session will focus on recruitment and retention strategies for the ECE workforce, and the second grantee session will explore culturally responsive teacher preparation supports. Learn more about each session here and stay tuned for future newsletters featuring updates and photos from the conference.


Our April 4, 2023, webinar featured the work of three of The Collaborative’s Transforming Early Educator Lead Teacher Preparation Programs Through Multi-Partner Innovation grantees: North Seattle College, Salish Kootenai College, and the University of Colorado, Denver. The session explored the role of higher education in leveraging philanthropic dollars to build capacity in public ECE workforce systems. VIEW RECORDING.


Our IHE Partnership grantee Salish Kootenai College was featured in the Bipartisan Policy Center’s webinar series on American Indian and Alaska Native Early Childhood programming. With grant funding from The Collaborative and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Salish Kootenai is strengthening a robust, rigorous, and uniquely integrative Indigenous Early Childhood Teacher Preparation Program. BPC’s latest webinar in the series explored how the Salish Kootenai College Tribal Child Care Center provides quality care while also passing down native culture and continuing traditions. Learn more and access the recording here.


Investing in New Systems for Paying Educators What They Need and Deserve, Early Learning Nation

“For U.S. children to realize their potential, the professionals who care and educate them need the training, respect and compensation that make for a fulfilling career. The Early Educator Investment Collaborative is dedicated to promising and innovative ways to make that happen…” READ MORE


Our IHE Partnership grantee University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa was featured in an Early Learning Nation article exploring the results of a landscape study of the ECE workforce in Hawaiʻi. In 2021, the University received an IHE partnership grant to build the capacity of Hawaiʻi’s ECE teacher preparation and career pathways through its Early Childhood Educator Excellence and Equity (ECE³) Project. The ECE³ Project commissioned the RAND Corporation to conduct the study and identify promising strategies for improving ECE workforce recruitment and retention. READ MORE

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