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Area of Work

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.  

Services to Help You

California Inclusion and Behavior Consultation Network: Supporting Early Learning Programs Serving Children with Disabilities, Challenging Behaviors, and Other Special Needs

Increase capacity of early care and education programs to serve children with disabilities, challenging behaviors, and other special needs.

Professional Development

Developmentally-Informed Trauma Practices in Early Childhood (WestEd DITP)

Learn about trauma and its impact on young children's learning and development. Understand how to use strategies that are sensitive to children who may have experienced trauma and that support the health, healing, resilience, and well-being of these children. ...

Professional Development

Early Childhood Home Visiting Best Practices: Institutes and Customized Professional Learning

Learn best practices and the latest advances in child development for providing effective home visiting services to families and young children.

Professional Development

Early Math Initiative: Pre-K Mathematics Workshops for Supporting Children at Home & in the Classroom

Want to close the achievement gap in your early education program? Participate in WestEd's Early Math Initiative by attending a Pre-K Mathematics Workshop, where we use a hands-on approach and provide instruction to both pre-kindergarten and transitional ...

Professional DevelopmentTechnical Assistance