Research Collection

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Resources indexed on the Research Connections site cover a broad spectrum of research on child care and early education and related policies. The collection brings together original research, syntheses, fact sheets and briefs, datasets, instruments, and other research-related resources from the wide range of social science disciplines and professional fields that study early care and education.

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  • You can enter a research question:
    What are the characteristics of families using family, friend and neighbor care?
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    "election data" -"opinion poll"
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Resource Types and Fields in the Collection

Resource Types and Fields in the Collection contains a description of the types of resources found in our collection and a listing of the descriptive information we provide for each resource.

Scope of the Collection

Resources indexed and housed on the Research Connections site cover a broad spectrum of research on child care and early education and related policies. The collection brings together original research, syntheses, datasets, and other research-related resources from the wide range of social science disciplines and professional fields that study early care and education.

Resources in the collection examine the child care and early education experiences of children birth through age 8 and -- when addressing school-age child care -- through age 13. Research on elementary education is beyond the scope of the collection.

Other major subjects of research in the collection include, but are not limited to:

Research on other child and family services -- e.g., child welfare, early intervention, and family support -- is beyond the scope of the collection, except when it focuses on the role of child care and early education in those arenas.

The collection centers on the United States but also includes research on early care and education in other countries.

Research Connections accepts all research and related documents disseminated in the field, without judging the quality of their design, methods, findings, and general content. It is, therefore, essential that visitors evaluate the quality of research they find on the site. Resources to help with evaluation are available at Assessing Research Quality.

Sources of the Collection

To keep the collection up-to-date, Research Connections routinely searches several hundred journals and websites. Research Connections has systematically searched for all new literature since 1995. The collection includes some earlier publications, and plans call for adding more selected earlier resources. To suggest additional journals or websites to search and earlier materials to include, please send e-mail to contact@researchconnections.org

Research Connections is supported by grant #90YE0104 from the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The contents are solely the responsibility of the National Center for Children in Poverty and the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, the Administration for Children and Families, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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