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2014 Kids Count Data Book (PDF)

2013 We Can Do Better Report (Child Care Centers)


Afterschool and Working Families in Wake of the Great Recessions (2011)

Afterschool Innovations in Brief: Focusing on Middle School Age Youth (PDF)

America's Children in Brief: Key National Indicators of Well-Being 2012

America's Future: Latino Child Well-Being in Numbers and Trends


The Big Picture Planning Guide: Building Cross-Sector Professional Development Systems in Early Childhood, 3rd Edition

Birth to Three Guidelines (Spanish Translation)

Buenos Principios: Latino Children in the Earliest Years of Life (PDF)

Build Supply of Quality Care: Charting Progress for Babies in Child Care Research-Based Rationale (PDF)

Building an Early Childhood Professional Development System (PDF)

Building Culturally & Linguistically Competent Services to Support Young Children, Their Families, and School Readiness (PDF)

Building the Workforce Our Youngest Children Deserve

Business Leaders and the New Education Agenda: Investments in Our Littlest Learners (PDF)

By Default or By Design?


Carolina Abecedarian Project

The Case for Home Visiting: Strong Families Start with a Solid Foundation (PDF)

The Changing Face of the United States: The Influence of Culture on Early Child Development

Charting Progress for Babies in Child Care: Promote Health and Safety

CHILD CARE IN AMERICA 2014 State Fact Sheets

Child Care: Like the Military, Is It Time for Shared Responsibility?

Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies Lead the Country in Training Child Care Providers

Children’s Emotional Development is Built into the Architecture of Their Brains

Children's Right to Play: An Examination of the Importance of Play in the Lives of Children Worldwide (PDF)

Coaching and Quality Assistance in Quality Rating Improvement Systems

Coaching in Early Care and Education Programs and Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS): Identifying Promising Features

Common Core State Standards: Caution and Opportunity for Early Childhood Education

Comprehensive Services for Babies and Toddlers: Research, Practice, and Policy (PDF)

Coordinating America’s Highly Diversified Early Childhood Investment Portfolio (PDF)

Cost Savings Analysis of School Readiness in Illinois (PDF)

A Count for Quality: Child Care Center Directors on Rating and Improvement Systems

Covering the Pre-K Landscape: New Investments in Our Littlest Learners (PDF)

Credentials for the Infant/Toddler Child Care Workforce (PDF)

The Cultural and Linguistic Competence Family Organization Assessment (PDF)


Degrees in Context: Asking the Right Questions about Preparing Skilled and Effective Teachers of Young Children (PDF)

Developing Coordinated Longitudinal Early Childhood Data Systems

Developing Kindergarten Readiness and Other Large-Scale Assessment Systems 

Disparities in Early Learning and Development: Lessons From the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study—Birth Cohort (ECLS-B) (PDF)

Do Effects of Early Child Care Extend to Age 15 Years? Results from the NICHD Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development (PDF)

Dual Language Learning: What Does it Take?


Early Care and Education for Children in Immigrant Families

Early Child Care and Education: HHS and Education Are Taking Steps to Improve Workforce Data and Enhance
Worker Quality

Early Care and Education State Budget Actions FY 2013

Early Childhood Development and Social Mobility

Early Childhood Education Professional Development: Training and Technical Assistance Glossary (PDF)

Early Childhood Educators as Learners: Engaging Approaches for Professional Development

Early Childhood in Focus 6: Culture and Learning (PDF)

An Early Childhood Program Matrix: Pulling the Pieces Together for Illinois

Early Education Programs and Children of Immigrants: Learning Each Other’s Language (PDF)

Early Head Start Participants, Programs, Families, and Staff in 2009 (PDF)

Early Learning Prevents Youth Violence (PDF)

Early Learning Scale: Technical Report (PDF)

Early Math in Illinois: Recognizing and Raising the Profile (PDF)

The Economics of Inequality: The Value of Early Childhood Education (PDF)

Education for our Future: Third Annual Report of the Illinois P-20 Council

Effective Early Childhood Education Programs: A Systematic Review (PDF)

Effects of Preschool Curriculum Programs on School Readiness: Report from the Preschool Curriculum Evaluation Research Initiative (PDF)

The Effects of Preschool Education: What We Know, How Public Policy is or is Not Aligned with the Evidenced Base, and What we Need to Know (PDF)

Efficacy of Schoolwide Programs to Promote Social and Character Development and Reduce Problem Behavior in Elementary School Children (PDF)

Engaged Families, Effective Pre-K: State Policies that Bolster Student Success (PDF)

Engaging Older Youth: Program and City-Level Strategies to Support Sustained Participation in Out-of-School Time

The Evaluation Exchange Spring 2008

Evaluating, Developing, and Enhancing Domain-Specific Measures of Child Care Quality (PDF)

Evaluation of the 40-Hour Initial Pre-Service Training for Entry-Level Child Care Providers (PDF)

Examining Conditions Preventing ECE Students from Progressing to Graduation (PDF)

Examining the Chicago Early Childhood Teacher Pipeline (PDF)

Expanding Access to Early Head Start: State Initiatives for Infants & Toddlers 

Expanding Time for Learning Both inside and Outside the Classroom

Extending Home Visiting to Kinship Caregivers and Family, Friend, and Neighbor Caregivers (PDF)


Family Child Care Network Impact Study: Promising Strategies for Improving Family Child Care Quality

Family Involvement Across Learning Settings

Family-Provider Relationships: A Multidisciplinary Review of High Quality Practices and Associations with
Family, Child, and Provider Outcomes

The Federal Role in Out-of-School Learning: After-School, Summer Learning, and Family Involvement as Critical Learning Supports

Forging a New Framework for Professional Development

Formula for Success: Adding High-Quality Pre-K to State School Funding Forumlas (PDF)

The Foundations of Lifelong Health are Built in Early Childhood

From Aspiration to Attainment: Practices that Support Early Childhood Degree Attainment


Getting in Sync: Revamping Licensing and Preparation for Teachers in Pre-K, Kindergarten, and the Early Grades (PDF)

Getting the Most out of Early Head Start: What Has Been Accomplished and What Needs to be Done (PDF)

A Guide to Understanding State Child Care Subsidy Programs through Analysis of Public and Non-Public Use Datasets (PDF)


Head Start Administrative Practices, Director Qualifications, and Links to Classroom Quality (PDF)

Head Start Impact Study Final Report: Executive Summary—January 2010 (PDF)

Head Start Impact Study: January 2010

Home-School Differences: What it Means for Kindergarten Readiness (PDF)


Illinois After 3PM

Illinois Afterschool Partnership: Out-of-School Time Workforce Survey (PDF)

Illinois Early Childhood Profile (PDF)

Illinois Kids Count 2013: Moving Policy, Making Progress

Illinois Salary & Staffing Survey of Licensed Child Care Facilities: FY2009

Impact: Feature Issue on Early Childhood Education and Children with Disabilities (PDF)

Improving School Leadership: The Promise of Cohesive Leadership Systems (PDF)

In Brief: Early Childhood Mental Health

Infants and Toddlers in CCDBG: 2008 Update (PDF)

Infants and Toddlers in Child Care (PDF)

Instructional Coaching - Helping Preschool Teachers Reach Their Full Potential

Issues of Access and Program Quality (PDF)


Latino Legislative Hearing on Pre-K and the Early Grades (PDF)

Learning at Not-School

Learning to Read: Early Warning! Why Reading by the End of Third Grade Matters

Learning Together: A Study of Six B.A. Completion Cohort Programs (PDF)

Leave No (Young) Children Behind: Prioritizing Access in Early Childhood Education (PDF)

Leaving Children to Chance: NACCRRA’s Ranking of State Standards and Oversight of Small Family Child Care Homes (PDF)

Learning How Much Quality is Necessary to Get to Good Results for Children (PDF)

A Legislative Look at Expanded Learning Opportunities: How State Policies Support Learning Outside the Traditional School Day

Link Between Child Care and Academic Achievement and Behavior Persists into Adolescence (PDF)

Linking Home-Based Child Care and State-Funded Preschool: The Community Connections Preschool Program (PDF)


Making the Case: A 2009 Fact Sheet on Children and Youth in Out-of-School Time (PDF)

Many Missing Pieces: The Difficult Task of Linking Early Childhood Data and School-Based Data Systems (PDF)

Markers that Matter: Success Indicators in Early Learning and Education

Math and Science in Preschool: Policies and Practice (PDF)

A Matter of Degrees: Preparing Teachers for the Pre-K Classroom (PDF)

Maximizing the Impact of State Early Childhood Home Visitation Programs

Measuring the Quality and Quantity of Implementation in Early Childhood Interventions

Meeting the Early Learning Challenge: Supporting English Language Learners


NCRECE in Focus: Increasing Knowledge in Early Childhood (PDF)

New Research Strengthens Home Visiting Field

Non-Participation of Children and Adolescents in Out-of-School Time Programs: Child, Family, and Neighborhood Factors

Number and Characteristics of Early Care and Education (ECE) Teachers and Caregivers: Initial Findings from the National Survey of Early Care and Education (NSECE)


OSEP Spanish Glossary

Outcome Evaluation: A Guide for Out-of-School Time Practitioners (Part 4) (PDF)

Out-of-School-Time: Leveraging Higher Education for Quality


Parents and the High Cost of Child Care: 2013 Report

Pre-K–3rd: Putting Full-Day Kindergarten in the Middle (PDF)

PreK–3rd: Raising the Educational Performance of English Language Learners (PDF)

Pre-school Education and its Lasting Effects: Research and Policy Implications (PDF)

Preventing Childhood Obesity in Early Care and Education Programs (PDF)

Process Evaluations: A Guide for Out-of-School Time Practitioners (Part 3) (PDF)

Professional Development Needs of Directors Leading in a Mixed Service Delivery Preschool System

Professional Development: The Landscape of Opportunity in Early Care and Education (PDF)

Promoting Children's School Readiness: Rethinking the Levers for Change (PDF)

Promoting Young Children’s Health and Development: Taking Stock of State Policies (PDF)

Providing Preschool Education for All 4-Year-Olds: Lessons from Six State Journeys (PDF)

Putting Children and Families First: Head Start Programs in 2010

Putting it Together: A Guide to Financing Comprehensive Services in Child Care and Early Education


A Qualitative Study of Early Childhood Educators' Beliefs About Key Preschool Classroom Experiences

Quality in Early Childhood Care and Education Settings: A Compendium of Measures (Second Edition) (PDF)

Quality Improvement in Early Childhood Teacher Education: Faculty Perspectives and Recommendations for the Future

Quality Rating & Improvement Systems


A Race Against the Clock: The Value of Expanded Learning Time for English Language Learners (PDF)

Random Assignment Evaluation Studies: A Guide for Out-of-School Time Program Practitioners (Part 5) (PDF)

Reaching Families Where They Live

Recommended Transition Practices for Young Children and Families (PDF)

Reflective Supervision: A Tool for Relationship-Based EHS Services

Replicating and Scaling Up Evidence-based Home Visiting Programs: The Role of Implementation Research

Research Brief: The Economic Impact of Early Care and Education Industry in Illinois

Research News You Can Use: Family Engagement and Early Childhood Education 

A Review of School Readiness Practices in the States: Early Learning Guidelines and Assessments (PDF)

The Role of Leadership in Bridging the Gaps Between Early Childhood and K–12 Education Systems (PDF)

Room to Grow: Tapping the After-School Workforce Potential


Same, Different, and Diverse

School-Age Children in CCDBG: 2008 (PDF)

School-Based Early Childhood Education and Age-28 Well Being: Effects by Timing, Dosage, and Subgroups (PDF)

School Readiness Outcomes for Illinois's State-funded Prekindergarten Program (PDF)

A Science-Based Framework for Early Childhood Policy: Using Evidence to Improve Outcomes in Learning, Behavior, and Health for Vulnerable Children (PDF)

The Science of Early Childhood Development: Closing the Gap Between What We Know and What We Do (PDF)

Selected State and Local Policies to Support Immigrant and Limited English Proficient (LEP) Early Care and Education Providers (PDF)

Social-Emotional Development in Early Childhood: What Every Policymaker Should Know (PDF)

Spanish-Speaking Children's Social and Language Development in Pre-kindergarten Classrooms (PDF)

Staff Preparation, Reward, and Support: Are Quality Rating and Improvement Systems Including All of the Key
Ingredients Necessary for Change?

Starting Smart: How Early Experiences Affect Brain Development

State CCDBG Plans to Promote Opportunities for Babies & Toddlers in Child Care (PDF)

State Early Childhood Advisory Councils: An Overview

States Effort to Integrate Measures of Leadership and Management in Quality Rating Systems (PDF)

Statistical Information on Child Care in the United States (PDF)

State Pre-K Assessment Policies: Issues and Status

Stepping UP for Kids

Strengthening the Early Childhood Care and Education Workforce Would Benefit Young Children

Successfully Supporting All Children in Early Education Programs (PDF)

Supporting a Diverse and Culturally Competent Workforce: Charting Progress for Babies in Child Care Research-Based Rationale

Supporting Student Outcomes Through Expanded Learning Opportunities

Synthesis of IES Research on Early Intervention and Early Childhood Education


Thinking Guide to Inclusive Child Care (PDF)

Toward the Identifications of Features of Effective Professional Development for Early Childhood Educators (PDF)

Transforming Public Education: Pathway to a Pre-K-12 Future

Turning College Students into Leaders in Early Childhood Education (PDF)


Uncertain Times 2009: Recession Imperiling Afterschool Programs and the Children They Serve

Understanding Your Child’s Behavior: Reading Your Child’s Cues from Birth to Age Two (PDF)



Watching Teachers Work: Using Observation Tools to Promote Effective Teaching in the Early Years
and Early Grades

We CAN Do Better: NACCRRA's Ranking of State Child Care Center Regulations and Oversight (PDF)

What Do We Know About the Impact of Publicly Funded Preschool Education on the Supply and Quality of Infant/Toddler Care (PDF)

What Does Economics Tell Us About Early Childhood Policy?

What Does the Research Say about Dual Language Learners?

What Happens When the School Year is Over?: The Use and Costs of Child Care for School-Age Children During the Summer Months

What Works: An Introductory Teacher Guide for Early Language and Emergent Literacy Instruction (PDF)

Who's Caring for the Kids: The Status of Early Childhood Work Force in Illinois 2008 (PDF)

Why Business Should Support Early Childhood Education (PDF)

Why Teens are Not Involved in Out-of-School Time Programs: The Youth Perspective (PDF)

A Window on Early Childhood Administrative Practices(PDF) 

Workforce Development, Welfare Reform, and Child Well-Being

Workforce Information: A Critical Component of Coordinated State ECE Data Systems

Working Together to Help Youth Thrive in Schools and Communities (PDF)


Year-Round Learning: Continuity in Education Across Settings and Time Through Expanded Learning Opportunities

Year-Round Learning: Linking School, Afterschool, and Summer Learning to Support Student Success

Yet More Evidence: It’s Time to Strengthen Math, Science in Pre-K

Young Dual Language Learners: A Key Topic Resource List

Youth and Work—Restoring Teen and Young Adult Connections to Opportunity




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