National Center on Early Childhood Development, Teaching, and Learning (NCECDTL)
NCECDTL ensures early care and education programs have access to high quality TTA, information, and materials consistent with the requirements of the Head Start Act, Head Start Program Performance Standards, the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014, and other applicable regulations. It also serves as an intersection for the synthesis of research, data, knowledge, and experience to help inform OHS priorities. NCECDTL is responsive to the unique needs of dual language learners, American Indian and Alaskan Native (AIAN) and Migrant and Seasonal Head Start (MSHS) programs, in particular, as well as other diverse populations. It uses professional development strategies that support states, tribes, and agencies in serving low-income families.
NCECDTL is part of a comprehensive Office of Head Start TTA System that includes the National Centers, the Regional TTA network, and grantee funding. NCECDTL is part of a network of four National Centers including the National Center on Program Management and Fiscal Operations, the National Center on Parent, Family and Community Engagement, and the National Center on Health, Behavioral Health, and Safety. Together, the system supports Head Start and Early Head Start programs as they provide high-quality comprehensive services to pregnant women, children and families and support the school readiness of young children who live in poverty.