The Ounce Releases New Research

We’re excited to announce the release of a new report: Early Education Essentials: Illustrations of Strong Organizational Practices in Programs Poised for Improvement


Extensive evidence demonstrates that high-quality early childhood education (ECE) positively impacts children’s learning. Yet many early childhood programs struggle to implement high-quality programming. Research demonstrates that strong organizational conditions are necessary to lift stagnant levels of quality in ECE settings.

The Ounce of Prevention Fund, in partnership with UChicago Consortium on School Research, developed and validated the Early Education Essentials™ surveys to provide the field with a reliable and valid measurement of organizational conditions. As part of our measurement work, we spent time observing and talking with leaders, teachers and families in ECE programs with very strong and very weak organizational conditions.

The following report includes findings from this qualitative research. In the report, we describe strong organizational environments and how they empowered leaders, teachers and families to realize higher-quality practices and better outcomes for young children.

See below for links to both the full report and snapshot, which provides an executive summary of the study.

What’s Next

The innovative, reliable, and valid Early Education Essentials measurement system, including teacher/staff and parent surveys and data-use and improvement tools, is now available nationwide for use in early childhood school- and community-based settings.

To learn more about the Early Education Essentials, visit us at or contact us directly at

We thank you for your time and hope you find this new research useful and thought-provoking!