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Early Childhood Education Institute

Our Vision

Advancing Quality in Early Childhood Through
Research, Evaluation, and Community Collaboration

Our Mission

The Early Childhood Education Institute (ECEI) at OU-Tulsa strives to advance and support early childhood programming and policies by generating, disseminating, and applying meaningful research.


Our Core Values

Integrity - We are committed to doing what is right. We are honest and sincere in our relationships in order to build trust and foster collaboration. We practice discipline, consistency, and persistence in our work to ensure the quality of our research and associated activities.

Responsibility - We are independent professionals who hold ourselves and each other accountable.

Excellence - We go beyond what is expected, as individuals and as an organization.

Respect - We treat others with fairness, dignity, and compassion. We value the diversity of our team and the strengths of each member. We base our research on respect for children, their families, and the early childhood profession. We approach each person and situation with positive intent.

Learning - We are advocates for the continuous pursuit of knowledge both as contributors to the scientific field and as lifelong learners.

Flexibility - We adapt to the needs of our growing organization, our partners, and our employees.