What We Do


The CAYL Institute offers: 

  • Individualized services to meet the unique needs and capacities of those engaging with the CAYL Institute
  • Extensive of network of national experts in the field of early care and education and child development
  • Unique learner-first approach


Individual Capacity Building

The CAYL Institute is a national leader in providing intensive professional development, training, and technical assistance to early care and education leaders and practitioners through a variety of approaches that are tailored to meet the unique individual needs and expand the capacity of those requesting our services.

  • Deliver core content and pedagogical knowledge in the science of early learning, developmentally appropriate practice (DAP), STEM, assessment, and the core competencies pertinent to early care and education.
  • Equip practitioners with the tools to build their individual and collective capacities to lead change in their institutions and communities.
  • Develop concrete strategies, tools, and cohesive plans of action that respond to existing needs that elicit change.
  • Access to national experts though CAYL’s extensive network of early childhood leaders based on specified goals and needs.


Professionalizing the Field

The CAYL Institute has extensive experience in professionalizing the field of early care and education and increases the competency early childhood educators.

  • Technical support related to statewide Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS).
  • Technical support related to the development and implementation of career ladders/lattices to provide concrete pathways for continuous professional growth.
  • Align core teaching competencies with program quality standards.
  • Facilitate and improve collaboration across state level agencies, higher education, and community-based agencies to align with the needs of early educators to attain higher levels of education.
  • Assist early educators with navigating the higher education and professional development systems.


Systems Development and Alignment

The CAYL Institute is field-wide leader in the alignment and development of the systemic infrastructures that support young children and early childhood educators.

  • Assistance in strengthening the alignment of learning standards and assessment for children from birth through Grade 3.
  • Create systems that embed the active participation of families, key community stakeholders, and the community context.
  • Develop “whole community systems” designed to promote the education of all children birth to Grade 3.
  • Support early care and education field-wide collaboration to develop policy and program strategies that benefit all children.
  • Facilitate a common understanding between early childhood education and elementary educators regarding developmentally appropriate practice (DAP) for teaching young children.
  • Connect the relationship of policies and family-community partnerships to the potential of young learners.

Brochure: CAYL services 2016


“I would summarize my CAYL Schott Fellowship experience as ‘eye-opening.’ This opportunity has truly and literally opened my eyes to the world of public policy, has dispelled myths, and given me viable tools to effect change on a larger scale.” – Rolland R. Janairo, 2008 CAYL Schott Fellow

Case Studies

One of the desired results of the CAYL Schott Fellowship in Early Care and Education is that organizations where CAYL Schott Fellows work become policy and field leaders in areas of early care and education.

Two organizations have had multiple staff participate in the Fellowship program over several years. They are Cape Cod Child Development (CCCD) and Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD).

These organizations offered to become case studies so that the CAYL Schott Fellowship could learn how organizations with multiple Fellows engage in and develop policy leadership within their organizations.

Read the case studies here.


The Experiences and Impact of the CAYL Principal Fellows

The CAYL Principals Fellowship, established in 2006, creates a learning community for elementary school Principals to strengthen their individual and collective capacity to lead efforts to integrate pre-kindergarten (pre-K) children into their schools and to influence district and state level policies that affect the education of young children.

The Fellowship provides an intensive year-long learning experience for promising leaders of elementary schools. To date, 29 Principals have participated in the year-long program that includes quarterly trainings and seminars, site visits, field trips, and distance learning activities.

Our data shows that as a result of the Fellowship, Principals learn how to become strong advocates for young children, establish high-quality pre-K learning environments in their schools and communities; promote family involvement and cultural competence as a key to successful early education in their schools; extend and develop a sustainable peer learning network with the CAYL Institute; and champion policy changes at the local, district, and state levels.

To continue reading the report “Architects of Change: The Experiences and Impact of the CAYL Principal Fellows”, please click here.


The Experiences and Impact of the CAYL Schott Fellows

The CAYL Schott Fellowship, established in 2004, provides an intensive year-long learning experience for promising policy leaders in early care and education. This report summarizes the evaluation results of the Fellowship. In sum, data show that the CAYL Schott Fellowship creates a learning community where leaders gain confidence and new skills; expand their networks; and learn to step into leadership positions, lead organizational change, train future leaders, and impact policy.

To continue reading the report “Architects of Change: The Experiences and Impact of the CAYL Schott Fellows”, please click here.