What We Do

We go where no one group can go alone: working to link early educator professional competencies with professional compensation, and transforming preparation of early educators so that all young children have equal access to high-quality learning experiences grounded in the science of child development.


Our grantmaking strategies are guided by the need to actualize the recommendations in The Institute of Medicine’s report, Transforming the Workforce for Children Birth Through Age 8: A Unifying Foundation and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s report, Transforming the Financing of Early Care and Education. We achieve our vision through the following strategies:


Collaborate across stakeholders of early educators, higher education, advocates, policymakers, and philanthropy to bring about systemic changes to strengthen and support the early care and education workforce and promote young children’s learning and development.


Advance the highest standards of educator quality—and make them possible through equitable access to pre-service preparation and continued professional learning coupled with professional compensation that reflects the transformational value of early childhood educators.


Develop a network of local, state, and national partners to think big, to establish the ideal, and align resources to elevate ECE professionals who are critical to helping our children reach their full potential.


Create public and political will to move research into practice by developing messages to support the policies and resources needed to help all early educators achieve their full potential as professionals to prepare all children for success in school and life.

Public Outreach

Advance policies and public messaging to challenge hearts, change minds, and generate and allocate resources so that early educators have effective preparation enabling them to have the competencies necessary to achieve positive child outcomes plus the compensation that supports their professional skills.

On-the-ground strategy

Implement innovative strategies to ensure every young child in an ECE program has an early educator who is well-prepared, possesses competencies needed to promote healthy learning and development, and is compensated professionally.