For more than twenty years, researchers at the UChicago Consortium have been studying elementary and high schools and what makes them successful. Similarly, for more than 20 years, applied researchers at the Ounce of Prevention Fund (Ounce) have been studying what it takes for early childhood education (ECE) programs to successfully implement high-quality programming.
In 2014, the Ounce and the UChicago Consortium combined their knowledge of program implementation and school improvement, seeking to better understand the relevance of essential organizational supports to the performance of ECE settings. Since then, the team has been working to develop and validate the Early Education Essentials. With the validation work complete, the Early Education Essentials team anticipates partnering with UChicago Impact to begin administering the survey during the 2019-20 school year.