Our Purpose

The Early Learning Foundation works with schools, community agencies, and parent organizations to help give every child the opportunity to have a successful early learning experience.

We offer training to support every aspect of early development, including language and literacy, numeracy, sensory-motor skills, behavior and self-regulation. Our publications include best-selling children’s books on bullying and empathy, activity books for math and motor skill development, and professional books to support systems change and building an effective early learning initiative.

We offer long-term training contracts to school districts interested in using a competency based learning model for students in preschool through grade three. Educators are trained to use the PK to Grade 3 Essential Skill Inventories with fidelity.

New Publication

Bob Sornson’s newest book is Over-Tested and Under-Prepared, Shifting from One-Size-Fits-All Instruction to Personalized Competency Based Learning.  This book is a manifesto for change, away from an age-based and time limited instructional system, to a system that allows students to fall in love with learning for life. It offers an inspired vision of what schools could be, with clear action steps for your school and your community.  You will not look at schools in the same way.

Find your copy at https://www.routledge.com/Over-Tested-and-Under-Prepared-Shifting-from-One-Size-Fits-All-Instruction/Sornson/p/book/9781032254623

Or at https://www.amazon.com/Over-Tested-Under-Prepared


Bob Sornson, Ph.D. is the founder of the Early Learning Foundation. He is a best-selling author and international speaker, trainer, and consultant.


After founding the Early Learning Foundation in 2001, Dr. Sornson developed a competency based early learning model. This system differs from age-based one-size-fits-all delivery of instruction.  Rather than tracking “coverage”, a competency system tracks what students learn, and then personalizes instruction, giving each child all the time and instruction needed to develop essential skills.

Among its many activities, the Early Learning Foundation works with:

Preschools and K-3: The foundation trains staff to use a competency based learning model which emphasizes personalized learning pathways to help students develop proficiency for every essential skill and behavior.  We offer a license to use the Essential Skill Inventories as a framework to use systematic formative assessment as children develop the foundation skills needed for success.

Training on the development of behavior, self-regulation, numeracy, sensory-motor skill development, oral language, literacy, phonologic and other key skill areas are available to school and community organizations.

Parent Education:  Projects include long-term parent education series which are described as transformational. Using a four or five part training sequence allows parents to learn, practice, and develop new patterns of behavior in the home.  Single topics trainings are also available.

We are looking for looking for partners who can help bring the application of competency based learning to life in our schools and bring high-quality parenting to our communities. We invite you join us in our mission to help children build the foundation skills which help them become successful learners and citizens for life.  

The Early Learning Foundation is dedicated to helping schools and parents give every child an opportunity to achieve early learning success, which lays the foundation for success in life.
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