Early Education Organizational Essentials Measurement System (Early Ed Essentials)

The Ounce of Prevention Fund and UChicago Consortium partnered to develop and test teacher and parent surveys adapted and designed to measure essential organizational conditions in early childhood education (ECE) programs, The Early Education Organizational Essentials Measurement System. These Early Ed Essentials surveys can help leaders focus their attention on strengthening specific organizational supports that enable teachers and practitioners to be more effective in their daily work with children and families. A new six-page snapshot highlights key findings from the validation study, which found the surveys to be both reliable and valid. More information can also be found in the full technical report.

The new Early Ed Essentials can contribute to policy, practice and research by providing new data that ECE programs can use in developing improvement strategies, broadening the definition of quality in ECE to include essential organizational conditions, and allowing for common language and metric to support alignment with K–12th grade education.

We are confident there is considerable promise for this measurement system in the years ahead. Read more about our measurements and key findings and the team behind the work.

This project is generously supported by an Anonymous Funder, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Pritzker Children’s Initiative.