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Early Childhood Development & Learning

Together with dedicated early childhood educators and practitioners, WestEd strives to ensure that all young children have a safe, healthy, emotionally secure, and intellectually rich introduction to education.

Our research supports early intervention, childhood mental health, and the development of high-quality educational experiencesWestEd shares evidence-based resources and tools with practitioners who need them most, and provides technical assistance and professional development services for early childhood programs and systems.  

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Featured WestEd Experts

Making a positive difference in the field

  • Peter Mangione

    Director, Center for Child & Family Studies

    As Co-Director of WestEd’s Center for Child & Family Studies, Peter Mangione provides leadership in the development of comprehensive training resources for infant and toddler caregivers, and the evaluation of early childhood programs and services.

    Mangione’s leadership contributions have helped make the Program for Infant/Toddler Care Program (PITC) a national model for training early childhood practitioners. PITC is the most widely used training system for infant and toddler caregivers in the country.