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Trust for Learning is a philanthropic partnership dedicated to expanding ideal early learning environments for underserved children.

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Latest Report - Nurturing All Children in Nature

Nurturing All Children in Nature highlights the benefits of nature-based ideal learning environments and spotlights exemplary publicly-funded programs around the country re-connecting young children with the natural world.

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New Report - Seeding Equitable Educator Development

Seeding Equitable Educator Development synthesizes the work of nine partner grantees around the country who worked to create more inclusive, antiracist and sustainable early educator pathways.

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2022 - Measurement Guide: Evaluating Quality in ECE

Measuring the Quality of Early Learning Environments envisions a new, equity-driven approach for assessing the quality of programs and demonstrates how the Principles of Ideal Learning framework can be used to guide decision-making.

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2022 - Evidence Brief: Ideal Learning Environments for Young Children

Ideal Learning Environments for Young Children highlights recent developmental, neuroscience, and implementation research aligned with nine principles of high-quality early childhood learning environments.

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Investments & Impact

We invest in projects that expand ideal learning programs in the public sector. Learn more about our partnerships to build an equitable early childhood movement, expand ideal learning in Head Start, influence policy, support networks of practice, and create more inclusive educator pathways.

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Explore the principles of ideal learning environments

The principles of ideal learning environments sit at the nexus of equity and quality in early childhood. Informed by developmental science, ideal learning environments are play-based, child-centered, and support parents and educators as lifelong learners.

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New Haven Child: An Ideal Learning District

New Haven Children’s Ideal Learning District’s goal is to create ideal learning environments for every child in New Haven between birth and age eight.

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Investing in ideal learning in Colorado

Over the last few years, Trust for Learning has partnered with Early Milestones Colorado and a number of local partners to support the expansion of ideal learning approaches as Colorado rolls out Universal Pre-K and expands Kindergarten access for children across the state. This partnership has yielded a number of resources that policymakers and community leaders can use as they build high-quality learning environments for children in Colorado.

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How are educators supported in ideal learning approaches? Read the report!

Co-written by members of the Ideal Learning Roundtable and Trust for Learning, this report features snapshots of 11 educator development approaches and analyzes themes, tensions, barriers, and opportunities to scale equitably within and across them.

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