Area of Work

Early Childhood Development & Learning

Because healthy development in the early years pays dividends throughout life, WestEd strives to ensure that families and early educators have the capacity to provide young children a safe, healthy, emotionally secure, and intellectually rich start.

We engage in research to guide our development of resources and tools, and provide professional development and technical assistance services for early childhood programs and systems, including early intervention, early childhood mental health, and education quality initiatives.

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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.