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Improvement Science Resources for Early Childhood

We help identify improvement strategies, build your staff’s data skills, and strengthen school readiness.

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Why Early Intel?

We connect quality to data.

A high quality early childhood program can help close the achievement gap. But how do you know if you are high quality? How do your staff know if they are being effective? And how can you find measures that are easy to use and understand? At Early Intel, we help Head Start programs find usable, clear improvement metrics where everyone is on the same page and your children and program thrive.

Improvement Science Resources for Early Childhood

What We Do

Early Intel helps early childhood managers improve program quality and strengthen their impact. We bring a real world, on the ground approach with proven strategies. We do this through a mix of improvement science, innovative solutions and training to build your program’s capacity.



Our Quality Improvement Summit features practical, quality improvement strategies and solutions that can be implemented by programs of all sizes.

Q.I. Network

Our Quality Improvement Network combines data dashboards, benchmarking and expert training and coaching to support a learning community of program leaders working to strengthen local performance.


Building a capacity around data and quality improvement requires expertise, leadership and discipline.  Our consulting helps managers execute the strategies and tactics that advance child and family outcomes.

Continuous improvement is better than delayed perfection.
~ Mark Twain

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We're delighted to release findings from our joint survey with @NatlHeadStart, on how over 300 programs are handling closures. Staff have creatively supported children and families amidst enormous uncertainty. Special thanks to @CCRAnalytics.

Excited to be partnering with @ZaentzHarvardEd for a virtual Data Boot Camp - Working with the Early Intel team to apply improvement science to early ed. Thanks to co-hosts @Region9HS, @PHSA, and the NJ & NY State Head Start Associations.

A question while writing for supplemental Head Start funds: How to measure the effectiveness of trauma informed initiatives? There are some great resources for programs thinking about quality improvement:

On Tues, May 5: free, online early childhood event responding to Covid-19, with virtual learning strategies and resources, including lightning talks by innovative tech providers. Thanks to @YoungChildExpo in NYC, @PBSKIDS, @ZEROTOTHREE and @usedgov.

The next few months will test the effectiveness of various kinds of remote learning and virtual parent engagement for #ECE. I'm wondering, what data are you collecting or should we be collecting right now? #COVID19Edu #CQI @Head Start @innatepromise

A classic quality improvement process is called "lowering the water level." Slowing down the flow, we can see what needs to be decluttered. Always useful, but especially timely while sheltering in place. Thanks @DaveWilliamsATX, for reminding us:

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