Early Ed Leadership & Innovation

We train frontline early educators and child care business owners in entrepreneurial leadership, and research ways to support them at scale

July 28, 2020
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Making the Vision a Reality in Massachusetts—How Do We Get There?

During the final webinar in our three-part series, “Reimagining Stronger and More Equitable Systems of Early Care and Education,” we heard from experts in early education and care discuss how to create shared services, the benefits of automation, the need for statewide innovation, how to maintain private innovation while treating child care as a public good, and advocating for support and services. Continue Reading →

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July 15, 2020
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The Vision for Reinventing Child Care – Where Are We Now and Where Are We Going?

The COVID-19 pandemic has spurred an increasingly urgent conversation among political leaders, policymakers, and leaders in early care and education (ECE) about the need for systemic change to ensure the economic survival of the sector, which is vital to a functioning economy.

To add to the public discussion now taking place, the Institute for Early Education Leadership and Innovation convened a series of webinars, “Reimagining Stronger and More Equitable Systems of Early Care and Education.” The three-part series explored ideas and innovations for solving some of the persistent obstacles to expanding affordable access to quality early care and education. Continue Reading →

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July 14, 2020
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Automating invoicing, enrollment and applications saves time and money

As we continue to adapt to operating during the COVID-19 pandemic, families have been slow to return their children to early care and education programs, according to Opportunities Exchange, a national leader in developing business strategies that sustain ECE programs and improve child outcomes. These observations provided the backdrop to a robust discussion of the ways in which automating back-end operations can free up significant time and money during our webinar “The Role of Technology in Reinventing Child Care: Working Smarter with Shared Services.” This webinar, which was part two of our three-part webinar series titled “Reimagining Stronger and More Equitable Systems of Early Care and Education” is filled with practical and actionable ideas for early care and education programs. Continue Reading →

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July 8, 2020
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Building community

Dottie Williams

Dottie Williams: “You’re not just taking care of someone’s child. You’re taking care of your community.”

“My families and my community needed me to stay open. I never thought about shutting down,” says Dorothy (Dottie) Williams, of her decision to remain open through the COVID-19 crisis as one of the state’s 500 emergency early education and child care providers.

“You’re not just taking care of someone’s child. You’re taking care of your community,” says Williams of her decision to remain open throughout the pandemic. Williams’ emphasis on community is evinced by the fact that older neighborhood children whose younger siblings are now in Williams’ care still gave hugs (pre-COVID-19) when they came through her door.

“They have fond memories [of being in my program]. I have fond memories of them,” says Williams, who is a Leadership Fellow in our Post-Master’s Certificate Program and a graduate of our Small Business Innovation Center. “It’s a community.” Continue Reading →

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July 1, 2020
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Building a better ECE system post-COVID-19

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