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ICF's Early Education Institute™ offers a menu of tailored services designed to enhance the capacity and quality of early childhood settings in order to support positive outcomes for young children and their families. This fee-for-service approach requires no request for proposal (RFP) or complicated purchase agreements. Our menu of services can be contracted quickly to meet the pressing needs of early education organizations and agencies.

ICF's comprehensive, targeted services include, but are not limited to:

  • Trainer on Retainer and Technical Assistance on-call
  • On-site training and technical assistance
  • Program quality assessment of learning environments/staff-child interactions
  • Board of Directors/governance training
  • Corporate and employer-sponsored program review and analysis
  • Early childhood research and evaluation
  • Curricula development and assessment
  • Program administration review and strategic planning
  • Policy and handbook development
  • Accreditation/QRIS/regulation support

The highly targeted approach of ICF's Early Education Institute helps clients meet the demands of local, state, and national standards; improves engagement with staff and families; plans for long-term growth and sustainability; builds capabilities and skills; and manages the complexities of multiple funding streams. Areas of expertise include Head Start, early childhood programs, military child care, professional development for child care providers, quality assessments, accreditation readiness, program leadership, administration, program improvement, child care needs assessments and evaluation.

With expert consultants located throughout the United States, ICF offers hands-on, local expertise. Working where our clients work keeps services affordable and enables ICF consultants to provide services rooted in an understanding of local cultural context and key people involved in each program. In addition, our experience in meeting federal-level requirements—and knowledge of how those mandates impact local organizations—gives our clients the insights they need to stay current and competitive.

For more information, please contact:
Barbara McCreedy +1.703.225.2181
Karen Davis Platt +1.703.539.1758
Jackie Taylor +1.512.587.9100
Jacky Howell +1.301.873.7680

mMET Technical Assistance Tool

The mobile Monitoring and Evaluation Tool (mMET) is an advanced, easy-to-use software program designed by the ICF Early Education Institute™ to assist with the collection, analysis, and reporting of licensing, inspection, accreditation, Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS), and other monitoring information. The ICF Early Education Institute™ can help you optimize mMET to make a difference in your evaluation and quality assurance initiatives.

Establishing and maintaining high quality care and education for young children are among the goals of all early childhood programs. Several initiatives, QRIS, are requiring data collection across multiple early care and education settings, which can be particularly challenging.