Innovation Lab

The Early Learning Lab works to create equitable early childhood programs and systems by combining human-centered design and early childhood expertise with data and technology. 

To further Start Early’s commitment to accelerating innovation in the early childhood field, we merged with The Early Learning Lab (ELL) to drive stronger, more equitable solutions, programs and policies that are better informed by community voices to improve early childhood systems across the country.

The merger uniquely positions Start Early to develop new ways of working that draw upon the collective experience of both organizations in elevating parent voice, systems change, and knowledge transfer and network building.

Since its inception in 2015, The Early Learning Lab has pioneered solutions, services and programs designed to create equitable early childhood systems. Our approach combines human-centered design and early childhood expertise with data and technology tools to address capacity, implementation and equity gaps in early childhood systems.

Services & Solutions

Bringing new methods and tools from the social innovation sector to the early childhood field.

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Human-Centered Design +

A suite of services that puts parents and early childhood professionals at the center of solution design.

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An online tool that combines human-centered design, behavioral science, and technology to strengthen teacher and caregiver success.

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Early Learning Tech

Thought leadership and solution development focused on the ways technology can support program improvement and practice innovation.

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Case Studies & Reports

Learn more about how we create impact.