Saul Zaentz Early Education Initiative

Our Approach

We pursue interlocking strategies for impact: conducting research to drive policy and practice, designing and spreading high-quality professional learning, and pioneering a fellows program to build a pipeline of new leaders.

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Strengthening the
field through
Professional Learning
Pioneering a
Fellows Program
to cultivate new
that drives action

The Early Learning Study at Harvard: A Groundbreaking Approach to Informing Early Childhood Education at Scale

Learn more about how we are generating knowledge, strategies, and solutions for a high-quality system of early education and care.


Certificate in Early Education Leadership

Gain the core knowledge, management skills, and tools necessary to build and advance high-quality early education.

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Resource Hub

Resources for Leaders and Educators

For Leaders & Educators

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Resources for Scholars

For Scholars

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Our History

In July 2016, the Harvard Graduate School of Education launched the Saul Zaentz Early Education Initiative, with a generous gift from the Saul Zaentz Charitable Foundation. The initiative expresses the commitment of Saul Zaentz, an acclaimed music and film producer, to education and social justice.

Zaentz’s exceptional body of work in film combined intuition and experimentation, a rich fund of knowledge, and a belief that film has the power to change our way of seeing the world — the very mix of elements needed to transform early education so that it meets its potential for all children.

Our History