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Birth-to-Eight Resources 


(links to source documents are in the postings below)

  1. Help Me Grow (National) 2018 Annual Repor
  2. Child Stats.Gov
  3. Child Trends
  4. Early Grade Reading Bibliography - RB5-RB8
  5. Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)
  6. Urban Institute
  7. National Education Association 
  8. National Institute for Educational Statistics
  9. Annie E. Casey Foundation Kids Count Data Book
  10. IES (Institute of Educational Science) What Works Clearinghouse 
  11. Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO)
  12. Best Evidence Encyclopedia
  13. Early Childhood Data Collaborative (ECDC)
  14. The 50 State Chart Book - BUILD
  15. Research Connections (Child Care and Early Education) 
  16. Title IV-E Prevention Services Clearinghouse 
Help Me Grow (National) 2018 Annual Report
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"The Help Me Grow (HMG) National Center administers an annual, standardized Fidelity Assessment to every affiliate system of the National Network. The Fidelity Assessment is a self-report survey intended to measure 1) progress in HMG implementation in each of the model’s four core components; 2) relevant process and outcome metrics; and 3) adoption of system enhancements that may serve as innovative strategies to further efforts to advance developmental promotion, early detection, referral, and linkage."

There are currently 92 HMG systems, 82 of which are operational, defined as actively moving toward implementation. The 92 HMG systems are embedded within 28 states across the country. As of 2018, 11% of the network is in Exploration, 67% is in Installation, and 22% is in Implementation (developmental phases).

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Child Stats.Gov

The Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics (Forum) is a collection of 23 Federal government agencies involved in research and activities related to children and families.

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Child Trends 

Child Trends addresses: 

  • Child Maltreatment/Child Welfare;

  • Early Childhood; 

  • Education;

  • Families and Parenting; 

  • Health; 

  • The Hispanic Institute;

  • Poverty and Inequality;

  • Social-Emotional Learning;

  • Teen Pregnancy/Reproductive Health

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Early Grade Reading Bibliographies

Rosalind Kotz, Ph.D. 

The following annotated bibliographies are a compilation of more than 1,700 articles related to early language development, early care and education, school readiness, and early grade reading. The majority of these citations are from peer-reviewed journal articles and research institute reports.  We have augmented the academic research with a limited inclusion of non-scientific articles. 

See full abstracts and selected citations here. 

  1. Early Language (age 0-3)

  2. Emergent Literacy (age 3-5)

  3. Early Grade Reading

  4. Reading by 3rd Grade Policy and Planning

  5. School Readiness

  6. Pre-K

  7. PK-3rd Grade Strategy

  8. Out of School Time

  9. Child Care and Head Start

  10. Family, Friend, and Neighbor Care

  11. Early Care and Education Quality

  12. Child Development

  13. Child Abuse and Neglect

  14. Home Visiting

  15. Risk Factors

  16. Absenteeism

  17. Mobility

  18. Segregation

Note:  These documents must be individually downloaded to access. 

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Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) 

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CLASP addresses the following issues:

1. Children, Youth and Families

2. Federal Spending Priorities

3. Health and Mental Health 

4. Income and Work Supports 

5. Jobs, Training, and Education 

6. Racial Inequality

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The Urban Institute

The Urban Institute works multiple issues including "early childhood education" always with a "cross-sector" commitment to evidence-based policy.  

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National Education Association

NEA Issues:
1) Achievement Gaps,
2) Common Core Standards,
3) Early Childhood Education,
4) Reading,
5) Bullying,
6) STEM 
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National Center for Educational Statistics

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This website contains key indicators on the condition of education in the United States at all levels, from prekindergarten through post secondary, as well as labor force outcomes and international comparisons. The indicators summarize important developments and trends using the latest statistics, which are updated throughout the year as new data become available. In addition, this website has Spotlight indicators that provide more in-depth analyses on selected topics.
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Annie E. Casey 2018 Kids Count Data Book

This annual publication includes state and national data on
1) Trends
2) Overall Child Well-Being
3) Economic Well-Being,
4) Education,
5) Health, and
6) Family and Community
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IES "What Works Clearinghouse"

As part of the Institute for Education Sciences (IES), the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) reviews the existing research on programs, products, practices, and policies in education.  We focus on the results from high-quality research to answer the question: “What works in education?”


CEELO - Center on Enhancing

Early Learning Outcomes 

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CEELO is one of 22 Comprehensive Centers funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, to strengthen the capacity of State Education Agencies (SEAs) to lead sustained improvements in early learning.
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Best Evidence Encyclopedia

Created by the Johns Hopkins University under funding from the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), U.S. Department of Education. It examines the evidence supporting programs for students in grades K-12.
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Early Childhood Data Collaborative (ECDC)

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At ECDC, we promote data-driven decision-making to improve:

  • Program quality. State and local program managers will receive timely, accurate and ongoing feedback on the performance of programs in relation to their quality standards.

  • ECE workforce quality

  • Access to high-quality programs. A detailed picture of the distribution of the quality of services across neighborhoods, communities and regions of their state and accessible data systems that answer questions such as those about the availability of high-quality programs for infants and toddlers or young English language learners.

  • Child outcomes. ECE educators will draw on rich, cumulative information on children’s strengths and progress in all areas of their development and use this information to plan and adjust curricula, learning experiences and family engagement efforts.

The 50 State Chart Book
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The nineteen indicators in the Chart Book span various domains of well-being and offer a holistic picture of how children from different racial and ethnic backgrounds are faring.

The Chart Book provides a short description of the indicators and guidance on what each one can be used to show. It also provides information on the characteristics of the young child population. While different states have different racial and ethnic compositions, all states are becoming more diverse, and this diversity is reflected most prominently in the young child population.


Finally, the Chart Book contains a list of 41 additional indicators and provides information to support state leaders who might want to look further into these other measures of young child well-being.

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Research Connections for Child Care and Early Education 





March 28, 2019

All Research Connections data and resources will continue to be accessible at


Additionally, some new access options!

Some Research Connections content will also be archived and freely accessible at the Columbia University Library Academic Commons, the university’s online institutional repository. Available resources will be:

  • Research Connections research and policy library: The Research Connections research and policy library is the searchable database of more than 30,000 child care and early education research and policy resources found on the Research Connections website. An Excel spreadsheet containing the bibliographic records of the resources in the library acquired through September 30, 2018, will be available for download.

  • Research Connections publications: All Research Connections briefs, resource lists, and bibliographies produced through March 2019 will be available for download.

  • Research methods pages and glossaries: PDFs of the Research Connections child care and early education glossary, research glossary, and research methods pages will be available for download.

New Research Connections Publications

Since the previous issue of News & Resources on September 18, 2018, Research Connections has released a number of new publications

  • National Survey of Early Care and Education (NSECE) Bibliography: This bibliography lists resources in the Research Connections published through September 2018 related to the NSECE and is divided into the following sections: data sets; user guides, training webinars, and methodological reports; official research findings; studies using NSECE data; and instruments. Research Connections will continue to have all the latest resources from the NSECE.

  • Statewide Kindergarten Entry Assessments (KEAs): Research-to-Policy Resources: This comprehensive Research-to-Policy Resource List provides resources in the Research Connections library on statewide KEAs published through September 2018. It is divided into the following sections: discussions surrounding the development and use of KEAs, information on multistate scans of KEA practices, and publications for each state, where available, on the development and selection of its KEA, as well as KEA results.

  • Coming soon to Research Connections! American Indian/Alaska Native Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey (AI/AN FACES) Consumer Guide: This guide is intended as an aid for individuals who are interested in what can be learned about Region XI Head Start from AI/AN FACES and who may not be familiar with the study design and methods or with the statistics that will likely be used when reporting about Region XI children, their parents, teachers, classrooms and programs. It provides consumers of the findings from the study with the knowledge they need to interpret the findings and to evaluate the merits of research that describes Region XI children and families.

Updates to Research Connections Content

Since the previous issue of News & Resources on September 18, 2018, Research Connections has revised and updated a number of its resources and publications.

  • Research Methods (a PDF version of the consolidated, revised content from the website on research methods can be downloaded here; the revised content will be available on the Research Connections website soon)


Datasets Coming Soon

  • Migrant and Seasonal Head Start

  • Mother and Infant Home Visiting Program Evaluation (MIHOPE)

  • MIHOPE Strong Start

  • National Descriptive Study of Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships

If you would like to receive updates on child care and early education policy and research, please consider subscribing to the following e-newsletters:

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Title IV-E Prevention Services Clearinghouse 

“The Title IV- E Prevention Services Clearinghouse was established by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to conduct an objective and transparent review of research on programs and services intended to provide enhanced support to children and families and prevent foster care placements.

“The Title IV- E Prevention Services Clearinghouse was established by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to conduct an objective and transparent review of research on programs and services intended to provide enhanced support to children and families and prevent foster care placements.

“The Prevention Services Clearinghouse, developed in accordance with the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) as codified in Title IV-E of the Social Security Act, rates programs and services as well-supported, supported, promising, or does not currently meet criteria.

“Search the newly released programs and services rated as well-supported, supported, promising, or does not currently meet criteria. Healthy Families America, Methadone Maintenance Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing are still under review and ratings will be released soon."

Special thanks to Rosalind Kotz, Ph.D. for this post.

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