Area of Work

Early Childhood Development & Learning

Because healthy development in the early years pays dividends throughout life, WestEd strives to ensure that families and early educators have the capacity to provide young children a safe, healthy, emotionally secure, and intellectually rich start.

We engage in research to guide our development of resources and tools, and provide professional development and technical assistance services for early childhood programs and systems, including early intervention, early childhood mental health, and education quality initiatives.

Beginning Together

Beginning Together ensures that the certified trainers in WestEd's Program for Infant Toddler Care (PITC) promote information about children with special needs and quality inclusive practices.

California Department of Education/Early Childhood Education Faculty Initiative Project

This project offers opportunities for college faculty to examine California Department of Education initiatives and publications as they relate to college coursework.

California Early Intervention Technical Assistance Network (CEITAN)

CEITAN offers broad and diverse early intervention and early mental health technical assistance and consulting for national, state, and local organizations and entities serving children with disabilities and special needs.

California Inclusion and Behavior Consultation (CIBC) Network

The CIBC Network provides onsite training and technical assistance to early care and education programs and providers serving children with disabilities and special needs across California.

California Preschool Instructional Network Project

This project provides professional development and technical assistance to preschool teachers and administrators to ensure preschool children are ready for school.

California Project LAUNCH: Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children's Health

Learn about California Project LAUNCH, an initiative exploring new approaches to building stronger family engagement and mental health consultation processes.

Center for Child & Family Studies (CCFS) Evaluation Program

Learn about a wide range of research and evaluation topics related to early childhood.

Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science, & Other Standards: Raising the Bar on Instruction

This robust website offers research-based tools, resources, and services to help teachers plan and deliver highly effective instruction aligned with college- and career-ready standards.

Desired Results Training and Technical Assistance Project

This training is designed to facilitate implementation of the Desired Results system in programs at the local level and to build program capacity to train staff who work directly with children.

E3 Institute Advancing Excellence in Early Education

The E3 Institute Advancing Excellence in Early Education supports and strengthens early childhood professional development through education, recruitment, and financial incentives.

Early Math Initiative

Read about the Early Mathematics Training Network, designed to help preschool programs and families support mathematical development and learning in young children.

Early Math Intervention

This two-year pre-kindergarten and kindergarten mathematics intervention project targeted at-risk and socioeconomically disadvantaged students.

Enhanced Assessment Grant Kindergarten-Readiness Assessment Collaborative

WestEd is providing assessment development and project management services to a consortium of states to enhance the Maryland/Ohio Kindergarten Readiness Assessment.

Improving Children's Understanding of Equivalence: An Efficacy Study

Second-grade students who understand the meaning behind the equal sign are better prepared to learn new math concepts in later grades.

Map to Inclusive Child Care Project

The Map to Inclusive Child Care (MAP) Project is committed to improving access to quality child care for children with disabilities or other special needs and their families.

New Mexico’s Early Childhood Assessment Tools: Validation and Development

WestEd helped New Mexico educators develop an authentic observation tool providing kindergarten teachers with a description of their entering students’ knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Parent Involvement Project

Learn about the Parent Involvement Project, providing quality early learning activities for families.

Program for Infant/Toddler Care

The Program for Infant/Toddler Care is a comprehensive training system that promotes responsive, caring relationships for infants and toddlers.

Ready To Learn Evaluations: Measuring the Effectiveness of Educational Digital Resources for Children & Families

WestEd is conducting extensive research on and evaluation of the design and learning impacts of Ready to Learn educational digital media content for children and their families. Access our reports on formative evaluations, technology needs assessments, and impact studies.

Research Studies

WestEd's Regional Educational Laboratory West (REL West) conducts research that addresses key questions of importance to regional stakeholders.

Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program: Grade 2 English Language Arts and Mathematics Assessments

Learn about the design and development of innovative grade 2 English language arts and mathematics assessments in Tennessee.

West Comprehensive Center

The West Comprehensive Center provides intensive technical assistance that helps state education agencies in Arizona, Nevada, and Utah implement and sustain initiatives designed to improve student outcomes.