Early Learning

Research shows that children who begin kindergarten at the lowest academic and social skill levels are at a high risk of future poor academic performance and negative experiences later in life. The transition to kindergarten similarly plays an important role in children’s likelihood to succeed in school. At Education Northwest, we partner with stakeholders to align preschool and the early elementary experience, improve program and instruction, and answer critical questions through evaluation, applied research and professional development.


Evaluation is essential to help early childhood education programs identify promising practices and improve programs and services. We partner with our clients to ensure that program evaluations meet the needs of all stakeholders and contribute to improving programs' everyday decision-making and ongoing practice.


High-quality e-learning enables you to scale your professional development efforts to reach early care and education professionals across your state, your region or the nation. We design and develop customized, accessible e-learning courses, modules and webinars that reflect current research, as well as adult learning best practices, and make a big impact.

Applied Research

Through research-practice partnerships and other approaches, our researchers help early childhood education programs answer important questions that can inform improvement efforts. Findings from our applied research have an impact on national early learning practice and policy via publications, conferences and other channels.


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Tim's evaluation and technical assistance work focuses on school-family partnerships, educational equity, early childhood education, school improvement, and community and family engagement efforts, among others.
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