National Research Council. (2008). Early childhood assessment: Why, what, and how. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.
Early Childhood Research & Practice (ECRP): ECRP is an Internet-only journal, featuring articles related to the development, care, and education of children from birth to age eight. ECRP includes applied research with practical implications and is intended for researchers, teacher educators, program planners, policy-makers and decision-makers, administrators, practitioners, and parents.
Topics in Early Childhood Special Education (TEC): TEC is a research journal that focuses on information that will improve the lives of young children with special needs and their families. The practical nature of this journal helps professionals improve service delivery systems for preschool children with special needs. Each issue features reports of original research, literature reviews, conceptual statements, position papers, and program descriptions.
Additional National Resources
Autism Speaks Video Glossary: The ASD Video Glossary contains over a hundred video clips designed to help parents, physicians, clinicians, childcare providers, and educators see the subtle differences between typical and delayed development in young children and spot the early red flags and diagnostic features of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).
Cultural/Linguistic Competence Resources: The following links provide access to resources to promote culturally and linguistically competent practices with young children and their families.
- Gonzalez, V. (2009). Young learners diverse children: Celebrating diversity in early childhood. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.
- Resources from the Center for Early Care and Education Research—Dual Language Learners
- Resources from the National Black Child Development Institute
- Resources from the National Center on Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness
- Resources on young English Language Learners (ELLs) from the National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition
Child Care & Early Education Research Connections: Research Connections promotes high quality research in child care and early education and the use of that research in policy making. Our vision is that children are well cared for and have rich learning experiences, and their families are supported and able to work. This website offers research and data resources for researchers, policy makers, practitioners, and others.
Division for Early Childhood (DEC): The DEC, a division of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), promotes polices and advances evidence-based practices that support families and enhance the optimal development of young children who have or are at risk for developmental delays and disabilities.
Early Education Initiative: The Early Education Initiative promotes a high-quality and continuous system of early care and education for all children, birth to age 8, focusing on pre-K through 3rd grade.
FREE E-Book: Preschool Services Under IDEA: The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) provides a Parent Advocacy Brief about early childhood special education services.
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC): The NAEYC is dedicated to improving the well-being of all young children, with particular focus on the quality of educational and developmental services for all children from birth through age 8.
National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP): The NCCP uses research to inform policy and practice to promote family-oriented solutions at the state and national levels with the goal of ensuring positive outcomes for low-income families and children. The NCCP has a focus area on early care and learning and has launched the Pathways to Early School Success project.