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

October 29, 2020
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What we learned from our webinar series on reinventing child care in Massachusetts

The COVID-19 pandemic has widely exposed what early care and education (ECE) professionals have long known: our ECE system is not sustainable in its current patchwork configuration. Yet it is also vital to the functioning of our economy and must therefore be prioritized for systemic change.

This summer, we launched a webinar series, “Reinventing Child Care in Massachusetts” to facilitate a detailed discussion of what the sector needs, and we’re eager to share what we learned. More than 700 ECE professionals and other stakeholders participated and attendees gathered online to share ideas for reinventing an ECE system that is high-quality, accessible to all families, provides professional compensation to educators based on their skill and experience, has sufficient resources for professional and leadership development, and addresses racial inequities. Continue Reading →

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

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June 16, 2020
by IEELI
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Webinar series: Reimagining Stronger and More Equitable Systems of Early Care and Education

If you could redesign early care and education in Massachusetts, what would it look like?

  • Professional compensation for educators and family child care providers?
  • Affordable access for all families?
  • Resources that emphasize professional learning and leadership?
  • Education and care that addresses racial equity?

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