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A Word from Our Executive Director: January 2018

As I look ahead to the new year, I am ready to turn the page and make the most out of 2018.

In the last two years at the Early Learning Lab, we have been busy partnering on the development of teacher professional development innovations, launching the first project of the Parent Innovation Institute, and providing guidance in early learning technology. We are at a critical juncture in the early childhood space, and we hope this work is providing valuable learnings for the field and that the burgeoning cross-sector network of change makers that we are helping to organize through events like our fall summit is making a difference. 

As we head into our third year, we are poised to share what we’ve been learning and ready to take our work to the next level. One thing we learned? Creating a culture of innovation takes hard work, and certain conditions and elements need to be in place to get there, but powerful and lasting change occurs once you do. We also know that working in partnerships and embedding innovation capacity in networks and platforms will be critical to ensure both scale and sustainability over time.

This year we are going to focus our professional development work on innovations that put data in the hands of teachers and on a technology report that will examine the opportunities for using technology to improve teaching practices, complementing the Lab’s report on parents and technology released in 2017.

In addition, we will close out the first initiative of the Parent Innovation Institute, share our insights on how to bring co-design into the way early childhood family-support program and services are designed, and chart out next steps for this work.

You are also going to see us create new partnerships to catalyze the development of technology solutions that address what we see as the biggest challenges facing parents, caregivers, and teachers. And we look forward to continuing to hold high-value convenings that provide a space for field guidance, ideation, and new connections in early learning.

Stay tuned for more from the Early Learning Lab in 2018.