October 19, 2020
The Institute for Early Education Leadership and Innovation (the Leadership Institute), housed in UMass Boston’s College of Education and Human Development, announces that Songtian (Tim) Zeng PhD, BCBA and Anne Douglass PhD are co-principal investigators on a study measuring the effectiveness of the small business innovation and shared services model for home- and center-based child care providers serving high-poverty communities in the city of Boston. The $250,000 study is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and will be administered by United Way of Massachusetts Bay from 2020 to 2022.
“Early childhood education is the essential foundation for improving all levels of education,” said College of Education and Human Development Dean Joseph Berger. “I am proud of the ongoing leadership provided by the Institute for Early Education Leadership and Innovation as they apply their exceptional expertise to improving quality and equity of early childhood education throughout the state and beyond.” Continue Reading →
July 28, 2020
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 →
July 15, 2020
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 →