Early Childhood Institute

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Our Vision: Equity. Quality. Inclusion.

Recognizing the potential each and every child brings into the world, SJSU's Early Childhood Institute (ECI) seeks to transform the field of early learning and care through impactful research, training and advocacy efforts that promote equitable, high-quality, and inclusive early learning and care settings to benefit all children.

Our Mission:

The ECI institute is a collaborative, interdisciplinary network of professional researchers, educators, and community partners working to elevate and impact the field of early childhood through three main efforts:

  • Mentor, train, and support early childhood educators, including current SJSU students, alumni, and early career professionals, through activities that promote equity, improve quality, and embrace inclusion.

  • Advance authentic, cutting-edge research and connect research to practice through strategies that benefit the healthy development of babies and children across early learning and care environments.

  • Advocate on issues that expand and professionalize the field of early childhood, lifting the voices of children, caregivers, educators, and families to influence budget and policy conversations.

ECI Impact Goals

We invite you to connect with us:


ECI is a community-focused institute, designed to generate opportunities for interaction among current students and alumni, SJSU faculty, local early childhood leaders, and practitioners in the field. Our work is informed by, and directed toward, the needs and interests of diverse populations and stakeholders.

Are you an SJSU student or alumni whose career goals involve working with young children and their families? Are you interested in connecting with other alumni and current students who share the goal of promoting high-quality early care and learning experiences for children?

Connect with us as we build a student-alumni network


If you are looking for early education and care for your child, please contact our partners:

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