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Herrera Sarah, Phillips Beth M., Newton Yi-Chieh, Dombek Jennifer L., Hernandez James A., July 2021
Literature Review

Children entering kindergarten vary greatly in their language and literacy skills. Therefore, up-to-date information about evidence-based practices is essential for early childhood educators and policymakers as they support preschool children’s…

Mondi Christina F., Giovanelli Alison, Reynolds Arthur J., May 22 2021
Literature Review
Peer Reviewed

Educators and researchers are increasingly interested in evaluating and promoting socio-emotional learning (SEL) beginning in early childhood (Newman & Dusunbury in 2015; Zigler & Trickett in American Psychologist 33(9):789–798 https://…

Edwards Susan, May 20 2021
Literature Review

This paper reports the findings of an integrative review of the literature conducted to gain insight into the relationship between process quality, curriculum and pedagogy. Process quality attends to those aspect of early childhood education and…

Bromer Juliet, Melvin Samantha A., Porter Toni, Ragonese-Barnes Marina, March, 2021
Literature Review
This literature review and conceptual model examine research on the factors that may contribute to the decrease of regulated FCC supply. The research literature primarily focuses on challenges and demands that FCC providers face which we hypothesize…
Kirby Gretchen, Douglass Anne L., Lyskawa Julia, Jones Christopher, Malone Lizabeth M., March, 2021
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The purpose of this literature review is to understand what is known about what leadership looks like within center-based ECE settings and how it functions to improve center quality and, in turn, children’s experiences and outcomes. We look to the…
Sparr Mariel, Morrison Colleen, Miller Kassandra, Bartko W. Todd, Frazier Stacy L., February 2021
Literature Review

This literature review sought to - Supplement and update existing literature and meta-analytic reviews of social-emotional and behavioral health outcomes achieved in afterschool programs, with a specific focus on those serving children 6 to 12…

Aikens Nikki, Nguyen Tutrang, Harding Jessica F., February, 2021
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This brief focuses on what we know about how the Pre-K CLASS relates to children’s outcomes in general, and whether its relationships with outcomes differs for key subgroups of children. By summarizing findings of the most recent studies published…
Mak Toby C. T., Chan Derwin K. C., Capio Catherine M., 20 January, 2021
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Peer Reviewed
Recent evidence has emphasized the importance of the early childhood years for developing lifelong physical activity patterns. As such, evidence-informed programs that create opportunities for young children to engage in physical activity are needed…
Jackson Jacklyn Kay, Jones Jannah, Nguyen Hanh, Davies Isabella, Lum Melanie, Grady Alice, Yoong Sze Lin, 19 January, 2021
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Peer Reviewed

As a strategy for early childhood obesity prevention, a variety of dietary behavior and physical activity policies and guidelines published by leading health agencies and early childhood education and care (ECEC) licensing and accreditation…

Jalongo Mary Renck, 2021
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Peer Reviewed

The COVID-19 world health crisis has profound implications for the care and education of young children in homes and schools, the lives of preservice and inservice teachers, and the work of college/university faculty. This article begins by…

Hadley Elizabeth B., Mendez Karyn Zalman, Q1 2021
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Peer Reviewed
This paper systematically reviews studies on early childhood vocabulary instruction, specifically examining word selection methods and the characteristics of words selected for instruction. We examine various aspects of word selection, including…
Slicker Gerilyn, Hustedt Jason T., December, 2020
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Peer Reviewed
Persisting socioeconomic gaps in school readiness have inspired research examining aspects of the pre-K experience that could reduce these gaps. A strategy that deserves consideration is the socioeconomic diversity of classrooms. In this literature…
Ardoin Nicole M. (Nicole Michele), Bowers Alison W., November, 2020
Literature Review
Peer Reviewed
Environmental education focused on the early-childhood years is experiencing dynamic growth in research and practice due to persistent environmental challenges coupled with burgeoning interest in the documented benefits of nature-rich experiences…
Thomson Dana, Cantrell Emily, Guerra Gabriella, Gooze Rachel A., Tout Kathryn, September, 2020
Literature Review

A recent report, Defining and Measuring Access to High-Quality Early Care and Education (ECE): A Guidebook for Policymakers and Researchers (Access Guidebook), supports movement toward more consistent definitions, analysis, and reporting on…

Aguiar Ana Lucia, Aguiar Cecilia, August, 2020
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Peer Reviewed
High-quality early childhood education appears to be particularly beneficial for disadvantaged children, since it may help reduce an initial achievement gap. Yet, these children are frequently enrolled in disadvantaged classrooms with lower quality…