National Center on Early Childhood Development, Teaching, and Learning (NCECDTL)

The National Center on Early Childhood Development, Teaching, and Learning is awarded to Zero to Three in collaboration with the University of Washington, Vanderbilt University, Child Trends, and the Children's Equity Project.

NCECDTL advances best practices in the identification, development, and promotion of the implementation of evidence-based child development and teaching and learning practices that are culturally and linguistically responsive and lead to positive child outcomes across early childhood programs. They also support strong professional development systems. The Center's work includes, but is not limited to:

  • Professional development for the infant, toddler, and preschool workforce
  • Evidence-based curriculum
  • Intentional teaching and home visiting practices
  • Effective transitions
  • Developmental screening instruments and on-going assessment tools
  • Practice-based coaching
  • Culturally, linguistically, and age-appropriate practices
  • Enhancing teacher-child interactions
  • Supporting children with disabilities and suspected delays (Part C and Part B)
  • Using data to improve practice

NCECDTL ensures early care and education programs have access to high quality TTA, information, and materials consistent with the requirements of the Head Start Act, Head Start Program Performance Standards, the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014, and other applicable regulations. It also serves as an intersection for the synthesis of research, data, knowledge, and experience to help inform OHS priorities. NCECDTL is responsive to the unique needs of dual language learners, American Indian and Alaskan Native (AIAN) and Migrant and Seasonal Head Start (MSHS) programs, in particular, as well as other diverse populations. It uses professional development strategies that support states, tribes, and agencies in serving low-income families. 

NCECDTL is part of a comprehensive Office of Head Start TTA System that includes the National Centers, the Regional TTA network, and grantee funding. NCECDTL is part of a network of four National Centers including the National Center on Program Management and Fiscal Operations, the National Center on Parent, Family and Community Engagement, and the National Center on Health, Behavioral Health, and Safety. Together, the system supports Head Start and Early Head Start programs as they provide high-quality comprehensive services to pregnant women, children and families and support the school readiness of young children who live in poverty.

To learn more, contact NCECDTL at ecdtl at ecetta dot info or (toll-free) 844-261-3752.