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Early Childhood Education


image source: "Building blocks", by the Madisson College, 2013,

Scope Note

     Early childhood education covers the education of a child from the period from birth to nine years of age.

The Science of Early Childhood Development

"This video from the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University ( features Center Director Jack P. Shonkoff, M.D., professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, the Harvard School of Public Health, and Harvard Medical School addressing basic concepts of early childhood development, established over decades of neuroscience and behavioral research, which help illustrate why child development—particularly from birth to five years—is a foundation for a prosperous and sustainable society."

Internet Sites

Evaluating the early Child Development Program in the Philippines

     The researchers evaluated an important ECD initiative of the Philippine government using longitudinal data collected over three years on a cohort of 6,693 children age 0-4 at baseline in two "treatment" regions that received the ECD program and a "control" region that did not receive the intervention.

Literacy Online

     Literacy Online's proceedings of the 1996 World Conferences on Literacy entitled "Development of an Early Reading Program for Day Care Centers in Urban Poor Communities in the Philippines".

Proclamation No. 614

     Declaring strong state support to the United Nations Literacy Decade (2003-2012)

Republic Act. No. 8980

     An act promulgating a comprehensive policy and a national system for Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD), providing funds therefore and for other purposes.

Changing Curriculum for Early Childhood Education in England

     This article by Young-Ihm Kwon of Cambridge University examines early childhood curriculum in England.

Computers for Young Children: Gold or "Fool's Gold?"

     Since computers were first introduced to young children almost 20 years ago, there has been a certain amount of fear and controversy voiced over technology's "harm" to this young population.

Connecting with Parents in the Early Years

     Connecting with Parents in the Early Years is the culmination of a project funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to examine what we know about disseminating child-rearing and education-related information to parents and to identify what else we need to know about the information-sharing process in order to help parents get their young children ready for school.

Creative Software Can Extend Children's Expressiveness

     An article written by by Judy Potter, Joyce Johanson, and Patricia Hutingerciting that software can contribute to the effectiveness of an early childhood arts program, providing another media for creative expression.

Dialogue on Early Childhood Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education

     Dialogue on Early Childhood Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education represents some of the latest thinking about early childhood science, mathematics, and technology education.


     ERIC Digests were short introductions to or overviews of a topic. Most Digests contain a reference list for further reading. Digests were intended to be timely presentations of information on a topic.

Five Perspectives on Quality in Early Childhood Program

     An electronic book published by Clearing House on Early Education and Parenting which discusses that quality of programs for young children is one of the most salient issues of the day in the United States.

Getting Parents Ready for Kindergarten: The Role For Early Childhood Education

     This research brief presents preliminary evidence that family involvement in young children's education may contribute not only to a smooth transition to elementary school for children, but also for parents, by helping to prepare them for later involvement in their children's learning.

Getting Teachers from Here to There: Examining Issues Related to an Early Care and Education Teacher Policy

     This article explores the constraints facing early care and education teachers in improving their credentials and the capacity of teacher preparation programs to support the policy and in turn help create a qualified and knowledgeable workforce.

Issues in Early Childhood Education: Curriculum, Teacher Education, and Dissemination of Information

     Proceedings of the Lilian Symposium held in November 5-7, 2002.

Learning: what we've learned

     An article that explains the miracle of growth and learning and the technology to explain the process from a neurobiological perspective as well as a behavioral one.

Literacy Center

     Designed to aid in teaching preschoolers about shapes, words, letters, numbers, and colors using interactive exercises. Sounds are provided. Most sections are available in English, Spanish, French, or German.

ReadyWeb: A Resource for parents and Educators

     This site provides an electronic collection of resources on school readiness sponsored by the ERIC Clearinghouse on Elementary and Early Childhood Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, funded by the U.S. Department of Education. It features articles and links to resources on research, public policy, statistics, parenting tips, and other topics. Also includes bibliographies on transitioning to kindergarten and reading, writing, and school readiness.

Research in Early Childhood Education

     This Web Guide provides an introduction to research approaches commonly used in education. Following this discussion are listings of various Web-based resources.

The State of Preschool: 2004 State Preschool Yearbook

     The 2004 State Preschool Yearbook is the second in a series of annual reports profiling state-funded pre kindergarten programs in the United States. This 2004 Yearbook describes state-funded pre kindergarten in the 2002-2003 school year.

Teachers' and Students' Cognitive Styles in Early Childhood Education

     This e-book is addressed to researchers, psychologists, child development specialists, early childhood educators, and especially to teachers. Its purpose is to help them understand the nature of children's cognitive style and to use that understanding to improve the learning activities provided to children; to help improve the teaching of children and, ultimately, their learning in school.

Technology in Early Childhood Education: Finding the Balance

     This booklet reviews the important considerations for technology use in early childhood education.

Zoom School

     A searchable on-line elementary school classroom with lessons in geography, biology, language arts, and early childhood activities.

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