The EarlyEdU Alliance, a higher education collaboration for Head Start and early childhood teaching, is committed to making relevant, affordable bachelor’s degrees accessible to the early childhood workforce.

The need for high-quality early childhood teachers is greater than ever. But many prospective and experienced teachers face challenges in affording and completing their bachelor’s degrees in early childhood education. That’s why we launched the EarlyEdU Alliance – to increase access to higher education programs.

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Early EdU Alliance

We all know that public education in this country has plenty of room for improvement. We also know that early childhood education has an enormous impact on children’s ability to achieve their full potential, especially for children from high-risk backgrounds or with developmental disabilities.

Teacher preparedness is key to improving early childhood education. But too few teachers and caregivers are able to afford and complete relevant bachelor’s degrees.

The EarlyEdU Alliance, a higher education collaboration for Head Start and early childhood teaching, is working to change that. We are committed to making relevant, affordable bachelor’s degrees accessible to the early childhood workforce.

We are building collaborations with state and federal agencies and philanthropic organizations to increase access and affordability. To help teachers get the skills they need to succeed, we have developed a complete suite of competency-based higher ed courses and we are piloting them in colleges and universities across the country. Our partners in institutions of higher education are also using the Coaching Companion, our video sharing and coaching feedback app, to give students individualized support for improving their teaching practices.

Since 2015, 35 institutions of higher education have participated in piloting EarlyEdU Alliance courses and technology. Our work with state agencies, community groups, and philanthropic foundations is building momentum for our work across the country. We invite you to join us in our initiative to improve access to affordable, relevant bachelor’s degrees to the early childhood workforce.