Early Education Institute™

ICF International's Early Education Institute™ advances the professional development of those working in the early education field, to ensure high quality care and education for young children.



For more than 15 years, ICF has supported government, military, and private organizations domestically and internationally to enhance the capacity of early childhood professionals to influence positive outcomes for young children and their families.

As many states across the United States pass legislation that mandates more rigorous standards for early childhood programs, requirements for professional development are gaining increased importance. These requirements confirm that comprehensive, targeted professional development is fundamental to the effectiveness and success of early childhood programs.

Whether onsite or online, ICF Early Education Institute™ provides tools such as mMETtraining and technical assistance, and a suite of tailored services designed to help programs meet mandated requirements and demonstrate accountability to funding sources. Our end-to-end services are research-based and culturally relevant, incorporating the principles of adult learning theory. Along a continuum designed to advise, implement, and improve, we offer innovative approaches to building essentials skills.


Early Education Resources

  • On-site training and technical assistance—ICF designs innovative, hands-on, customized training and technical assistance for early childhood professionals and programs that is based on best practices. We address all topic areas and settings from infant/toddler to school age, as well as military child and youth programs, Head Start, and family child care homes.
  • Early childhood research—ICF works with clients to design and conduct research in the field of early education that leads to higher quality programs for young children and their families. We also provide support for research panel/grant reviews, research/consortia meetings, and conferences; create consultant cadres; and manage data coordinating centers. Our staff uses state-of-the art qualitative and quantitative methodologies, and specializes in translating research to practice.
  • Trainer on Retainer—ICF can assign a program consultant to your program to provide on-going support: weekly, monthly, or as needed. The trainer will work side by side with the director and/or staff to provide essential coaching, training, and resources as needed.
  • Accreditation/QRIS support—ICF can provide onsite technical assistance to support your program in assessing current level of service and developing focused action plans and timelines to meet the demands of accreditation. Support is provided for all types of accreditation including NAEYC, NAA, and QRIS.
  • Infant/Toddler course and CDA training—ICF has developed a comprehensive Infant/Toddler course consisting of 10 training modules and onsite technical assistance. Completion of the course fulfills the CDA training requirements for an Infant/Toddler CDA. The course can be brought to your site and scheduled to meet your program's needs.
  • Board of directors/policy council and governance training—ICF provides tailored training and technical assistance for governing bodies that accommodates the needs of newly forming boards as well as established boards or governing organizations. Examples of training topics include roles and responsibilities, developing a mission statement, board and governance oversight, and strategic planning.

Contact Info

info -at- icfi -dot- com

+1.703.934.3603 or +1.800.532.4783

9300 Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA 22031-1207 USA

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