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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

  • Kerry Kriner-ALthen

    Kerry Kriener-Althen

    CCFS Evaluation Team Director

    Kerry Kriener-Althen is the Director of the Center for Child & Family Studies Evaluation Team at WestEd. She has extensive experience leading research and evaluation in center-based and home-based early care and education settings serving infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.

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    Leslie Fox

    Director, Early Intervention, Resilience, and Inclusion

    Leslie Fox is the Content Area Director for WestEd’s Early Intervention, Resilience and Inclusion (EIRI) programs and projects. She is a nationally recognized expert in program evaluation and systems alignment, evidence-based practices to improve early childhood outcomes, and implementation science. Leslie has over 25 years of experience as an early intervention specialist.

  • Peter Mangione

    Senior Director of Early Childhood Strategic Initiatives

    Peter Mangione is a Senior Managing Director at WestEd. He provides leadership in the development of comprehensive training resources for infant and toddler caregivers and the evaluation of early childhood programs and services. His contributions have helped make the Program for Infant/Toddler Care a national model for training early childhood practitioners.