Early Childhood Partnerships

Early Childhood Partnerships is a community-based consultation, mentoring, direct service, and applied research collaborative. By supporting our colleagues' use of best practices, forging University-Community collaborations, we aim to help young children and families, particularly those at developmental risk and with delays/disabilities during the early childhood period, birth to 8 years of age. Since 1994, we have partnered with more than 300 agencies across the world, helping them to practice and prove how good they are at what they do.

Here is a sampling of the wide range of services provided by Early Childhood Partnerships:

  • On-site mentoring for ongoing professional development of teachers supplemented by web-based options
  • Prevention through consultation strategies to teachers to promote healthy behavior, development, and early learning in young children
  • Technical assistance, training, and mentoring for inclusion of young children with special needs into typical early childhood settings
  • Parent education and support on preventive developmental healthcare concerns and early school success competencies
  • Collaborative design, selection, and implementation of measurement methods to monitor child, family, and program status and progress
  • Practice learning practica and internships with graduate students to advance the work of community partners
  • Technical assistance to program staff and administrators about database technologies for linking assessment, curriculum-planning, intervention, and applied program outcomes evaluations


Commonly requested professional learning topics (not an exhaustive list): 

  • adverse childhood experiences, trauma and the effects
  • compassion fatigue, stress & burnout 
  • self- & community- care 
  • trauma sensitive practices / schools 
  • early childhood development - conception to age eight 
  • early childhood assessment
  • infant/early childhood mental health
  • early education & intervention, IDEA, IEPs 
  • creating safe, supportive environments & responsive relationships  
  • mindfulness 
  • tiered social emotional learning & intervention 
  • preventing & responding to challenging behavior 
  • autism spectrum disorder, and other disorders of early childhood 
  • adult mental health and wellness
  • innovation & continuous quality improvement in early education


Student Training Programs

We offers a variety of training opportunities for both master’s and doctoral students. Please reach out to Dr. Larson directly at tracy.larson@pitt.edu to design a plan to meet your program's specific education, consultation or technical assistance needs or to learn more about these exciting studnet training opportunities.