What is Early Childhood Policy?

An emerging field centered on the creation and implementation of coordinated, effective, and equitable policies, practices, and infrastructure that support children birth-through-8-years-old.

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What is ECPIHE?

The Early Childhood Policy in Institutions of Higher Education (ECPIHE) initiative seeks to support the development of a new field of early childhood policy. In so doing, it seeks to enhance the study of, and experiences related to, advancing early childhood policy in American institutions of higher education (IHEs).

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What is the Early Childhood Policy Network?

The Early Childhood Policy Network is an on-line network for individuals interested in the design, analysis, and implementation of early childhood policies. An outgrowth of the ECPIHE initiative, the Network is designed to enhance the discussion and practice of early childhood policy (ECP), bringing together those interested in advancing their work in these areas. It provides information, policy resources, and activities that support the open flow of ideas related to implementing ECP diverse settings, including institutions of higher education, local, state, and federal governments, and public and private organizations domestically and internationally. The Network has several components: access portals, webinars, and policy resources. For those interested in more in-depth exchanges, Policy Connect creates a community of practice that focuses on advancing ECP.

A Collection of ECPIHE-developed Materials for Use in IHEs

This section is split into two types of materials. The first category includes foundational reports, which are non-modifiable. The second category includes course syllabi, modules, and an internship handbook, all of which are designed to be modified to meet the user’s needs.

Foundational Reports
Syllabi, Modules, and Handbook

A Collection of Early Childhood Policy Resources

This section is a repository for resources and selected materials that include: EC policy briefs, ECP research reports, ECP academic papers and diversity, racial equity, and inclusion resources.

EC Policy Briefs

ECP Research Reports

ECP Academic Papers

Diversity, Racial Equity, and Inclusion

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What’s Happening in Early Childhood Policy in Higher Education?

Early Childhood Policy Events

October 25, 2021 - October 29, 2021
Zero to Three Virtual Annual Conference


November 6, 2021 - November 9, 2021
NAEYC Virtual Conference


November 9, 2021, 3-4 PM ET
The Latest Live from the ACF Office of Early Childhood Development Webinar

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Coming Soon! Opportunity for Advanced Studies in Early Childhood Policy

Looking to advance your career in early childhood policy? We will have a list of institutions of higher education offering certificates and degrees related to ECP coming soon.

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