The Institute

The Center for District Innovation and Leadership in Early Education (DIAL EE) and our partners are offering an engaging, hands-on, collaborative experience for California school district teams to develop a comprehensive early education strategy.

About the Institute

What is the Institute?

  • A unique, multi-day convening for LEAs to build shared knowledge & understanding and develop a comprehensive early education strategy 
  • Targeted to district teams who will work together to set goals, acknowledge challenges, and identify solutions for early education in their districts
  • A venue with rich content and formats differentiated and tailored to participants
  • An opportunity to  receive an individualized data packet to support the LEA’s  understanding and decision making toward planning and implementation
  • A forum with focused facilitation to  guide thinking, reflection, and support collaborative planning
  • An opportunity to hear from and engage with experts across CA’s various UPK and supporting systems, initiatives, and resources
DIAL EE Fellows at a meeting intently listening.

Who should attend?

The Institute is targeted at multi-disciplinary LEA teams made up of key decision-makers with a role in planning and implementing various components of universal prekindergarten, including preschool, transitional kindergarten, and expanded learning. Team members may include representatives from departments/divisions such as early learning, expanded learning, special education, curriculum & instruction, assessment, professional development, human resources, fiscal/budget, operations (e.g., enrollment), and community partners (e.g. Head Start, private child care providers, Local Planning Council members, etc.).

What is the content & format

  • Hands-on collaborative working sessions for LEA teams will be supported by a focused facilitator along with the use of templates, resources, and data packets developed for each LEA.
  • Presentations, panels, and interactive sessions will include topics important for planning and implementing early education in a school district, including developmentally appropriate practices, inclusion, equity, governance, leadership, fiscal systems, community partnership, and mixed delivery systems, along with the use of templates, resources, and individualized data packets developed for each LEA.

Dates and Locations

October 9-10

Fresno, California

November 6-7

Fresno, California




Our partners to date are:

  • Breaking Barriers
  • California Collaborative for Educational Excellence
  • Community Schools Learning Exchange
  • Cultivate Learning at the University of Washington
  • Fresno County Superintendent of Schools
  • Kings County Office of Education
  • Madera County Superintendent of Schools
  • Napa County Office of Education
  • Partnership for Children & Youth
  • Santa Clara County Office of Education
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Thank you to our Sponsors!

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