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Early Childhood Support Organizations

How can we transform the fragmented early learning field? Through the Early Childhood Support Organization (ECSO) Initiative, we are working to provide resources and align financial incentives to support better early education outcomes for children from low-income communities.

Systems Change: Early Childhood Support Organizations (ECSO)

Led by early learning pioneer and two-time New Profit portfolio social entrepreneur Aaron Lieberman (Jumpstart, Acelero Learning), ECSO is a new $20M public-private partnership between New Profit and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC). The initiative will provide leader and educator development and curriculum coaching to support better outcomes for low-income children who are enrolled in Head Start and subsidized child care programs.

The Initiative backs ECSOs, which will serve as intermediary organizations that partner with local center and family-based early childhood providers to help them implement evidence-based strategies to achieve higher-quality program delivery and long-term impact. In 2019, New Profit and EEC launched an open proposal process and will select ECSO grantees in early 2020. Successful ECSO candidates will have the capacity to:

  • Share their articulated program model with local providers
  • Provide professional development models and ongoing support to help local partners implement these proven models
  • Assist with helping partners continuously monitor and improve fidelity and impact

New Profit’s grant funding will help the ECSOs make initial investments to scale their models in Massachusetts. As part of the initiative, each ECSO will also receive advisory support from New Profit. EEC will contract with ECSOs to pay them $5,000 for every classroom at an early childhood center with whom they partner. New Profit’s grant will decline over the four-year term, while funds from EEC will increase as each ECSO serves additional classroom each year—thus building in sustainability for the initiative over time. New Profit will also partner with EEC to fund third-party research focused on identifying child outcome gains for participating programs.