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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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  • 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.