Providing the expertise needed to maintain high quality services to children and families.


Willow Tree Early Education Team provides Head Start grantees, early childhood programs and regional and national associations with the expertise they need to maintain high quality services to children and families.

We prepare your…

The funding process is complicated, and the stakes are high; Willow Tree is there for you, from start to finish.

Head Start Planning And Strategy

Successful Head Start grantees rely on accurate and intentional data collection and analysis to guide every program decision. We do that for you and with you and will take you from the collection phase to the planning phase and provide you the tools to make data-driven decisions.

Head Start CLASS Monitoring

Our professional team of Master CLASS coders will guide you through the challenges of preparing for an Office of Head Start (OHS) CLASS Monitoring review. Our team are all former reviewers with experience helping programs understand the various vulnerabilities that are caused as CLASS shifts from Professional Development to Monitoring to Performance Evaluation. Ask us about our sought after workshop “A Holistic Look at CLASS; a Systems Level Lens”.

Head Start Compliance Monitoring

Review preparation is one key to a successful OHS On-Site Monitoring Review. Our experienced team of former reviewers and Non-Federal Team Leaders can get you ready for an FA-1, FA-2, Fiscal, ERSEA and CLASS review… take the stress out of this process so staff can know how ready they are and cannot wait to show off!

Male Involvement In Head Start

Whether you need to find new strategies to increase male involvement or are ready to hire male caregivers, with over 40 years in early childhood Mr. Parr is ready to guide you through workshops, resources and on-site visits.

We are a Dedicated, Friendly Team with Creative Skills and a Passion for this Work.

Willow Tree brings the passion back to struggling organizational cultures, creates or tweaks program systems and provides a sustainable set of tools that help programs identify and monitor key program metrics critical to maintaining high quality services to children, families and to each other.

100,000+ Families Impacted By Our Services

Willow Tree believes that excellence is only a starting point, that simple is better and that joy and trust in the workplace culture are basic human rights.

State of Babies Yearbook: 2019

For the first time, ZERO TO THREE and Child Trends are telling the state-by-state story of America’s babies – and the picture isn’t as rosy as you might hope. The State of Babies Yearbook: 2019 provides policymakers and advocates the information they need to advance national and state policies to improve the lives of infants and toddlers.

For more information: State of the Babies: 2019

Community Needs Assessment

A Community Needs Assessment is more than a requirement of administering a Head Start / Early Head Start grant. A well done CNA links your program to community resources, empowers leadership and families, shapes the direction of your program structure, hiring decisions, and growth strategy, and feeds into your SMART goals.

Upcoming Event

A Man for All Reasons Summit – April 15, 2024

A Man for All Reasons

April 15, 2024

On April 15th in Vancouver Canada the Men In Early Childhood Leadership Team will be hosting a one day summit to discuss successful strategies to recruit and retain male ECE teachers. Speakers from Scotland, England, Wales, Canada and the US will facilitate conversations including Recruitment/Retention, the benefits of a gender balanced work force including nature based programming, male/fatherhood involvement and strategic planning opportunities.

Please register below… we have intentionally made this event affordable at $100/USD to encourage early childhood educators from all over to be able to attend. The summit will include breaks, lunch and a unique opportunity to explore this untapped potential to fully staff your programs!


Jerry Parr

Jerry Parr is owner and founder of Willow Tree Early Education Team, a global consulting company dedicated to current issues in early childhood education.  He has a long and valued history with Head Start and Early Head Start, including serving as an Executive Director of Early Childhood at the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.

Mr. Parr is internationally recognized for his efforts to develop global policy that will encourage the support of increasing the number of males in caregiver and teacher roles in an effort to achieve more equitable gender balance and ensure each child’s right to have both men and women in his/her classroom and life.


“I passed! Thank you for your one on one feedback and advice on taking the test. It really helped me with understanding my scoring.”

Congratulations to Baltimore City Head Start for a successful CLASS Inter-rater reliability audit – three years running! Y’s CLASS scores continue to beat the standards…they work hard to make sure their CLASS ratings are reliable by checking their raters annually.

“I just wanted to share our scores…and we did an amazing job. None of this could have been possible without the Willow Tree team.
Thank you both for all your help and guidance!”

L.G. - CLASS services client

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