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Early Learning

High-quality early learning experiences have an extraordinarily positive impact on a child’s cognitive, social, and physical development. When children have access to quality care, they are more likely to be ready for kindergarten—and both future school and career success.

Forty percent of children in the United States enter kindergarten without having experienced that quality care, and nearly three-quarters of them never catch up academically to their classmates (The First Five Years Impact Success in School and Life).

Early educators have a significant influence on young children’s academic trajectory and must be equipped to support them. However, in 2014 our team learned from educators that they had little access to high-quality, affordable training and education to help build their practice.

In direct response to this problem, the Lastinger Center built a comprehensive system of accessible, affordable and accredited professional development opportunities, known as Flamingo Early Learning, that provide early childhood educators the learning opportunities and support they need for success. Since the system’s launch in 2015, we’ve delivered more than 600,000 hours of online content to over 33,000 early childhood professionals. 

Early Learning by the Numbers

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Improvement in Teacher and Program Quality

  • Of early learning providers that engaged in one year of Flamingo early learning professional development, 79% observed improved CLASS and CQI quality levels
  • Early learning providers that continuously engaged in Lastinger professional development for more than three years had an average of 27% improvement in program quality

Overall Improvement in Direct Child Outcomes

Children of practitioners engaging in two or more years of Lastinger professional development had a 23% higher average developmental growth rate, and higher overall growth scores in five domains as compared to children in non-Lastinger classrooms.

Early Learning Research

Discover how our early learning programs have impacted teaching and learning. 

Early Learning Programs

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