Early Learning

The early years are an unparalleled time for brain development. Neural connections are forming at rates of nearly 1 million per second during the first few years of life. It is during this time of rapid brain development that experiences—both positive and adverse—have the most impact.

Meet Faculty

Faculty Highlight

GAIL JOSEPH, one of the nation’s leading early learning researchers and founding director of Cultivate Learning at the UW, is the inaugural holder of the Bezos Family Foundation Distinguished Professorship in Early Learning.

Early Learning EDU Talks

Watch videos from EDU Talks: Raising Washington, featuring early learning researchers and practitioners sharing their insights on early childhood education and care. 

Haring Center

The Haring Center provides early childhood education to children with and without disabilities, conducts leading-edge research to advance inclusive learning, and trains education professionals in proven practices to develop every child’s potential. 


  • Haring Center Professional Development Unit:  Help scale our successful inclusive education model to support K-12 special education teachers and leaders across the US - Contact Haring Center Advancement team
  • Faculty Recruitment & Startup Packages: Recruit nationally-renowned early learning researchers and educators to the College of Education - Give Now
  • Teacher Candidate Fellowships: Sponsor a future classroom teacher and directly impact K-12 students throughout our state - Give Now
  • Doctoral Student Funding: Invest in the next generation of researchers, leaders, and educators - Give Now


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