Early Childhood Research & Reference Portal

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In addition to our many Topic pages, which are designed primarily for state and local Part C and Section 619 program staff, our Early Childhood Research & Reference Portal provides access to a variety of primary sources, research and reference materials for individuals at all levels of the system: administrators, researchers, policy makers, practitioners, families and advocates for young children with special needs.

eNotes (search all issues)

An archive of weekly updates on early childhood news, research, online resources, & more.

Early Childhood Data Sources

Links to national and state-by-state early childhood data, policies and initiatives.

Online EI/ECSE Journals

Peer-reviewed journals related to early childhood available online full-text or partially.

Dictionaries and Glossaries

Links to definitions of early intervention and early childhood special education terms and acronyms.

Evidence-Based Practice

Resources on what constitutes evidence-based practice (EBP) and where to find early childhood EPB.

Effectiveness of Infant and Early Childhood Programs

Links to initiatives and research studies on the efficacy of early childhood interventions.

Search the Professional Literature

Information about searching the Education Resources Information Center (ERIC) Database and Google Scholar.

WWW: OSEP-Funded Discretionary Grants Database

Grants funded by the Office of Special Education Programs. See also, the Forecast of Funding Opportunities from OSEP under the Department Of Education Discretionary Grant Programs

WWW: Institute of Education Sciences' Research Grants Database

Research projects funded by the Institute of Education Sciences. See Early Intervention and Early Learning in Special Education Program research projects.

WWW: What Works Clearinghouse (WWC)

Reviews of the research on specific interventions and curricula. See EC Education and EC Education for Children with Disabilities, or use the WWC search feature - Find What Works.

WWW: WWC Registry of Randomized Controlled Trials

Information about ongoing and completed education-related studies.

Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center

  • CB 8040
  • Chapel Hill, NC 27599-8040
  • phone: 919.962.2001
  • fax: 919.966.7463
  • email: ectacenter@unc.edu

ECTA Center is a program of the FPG Child Development Institute of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, funded through cooperative agreement number H326P170001 from the Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education. Opinions expressed herein do not necessarily represent the Department of Education's position or policy.

Project Officer: Julia Martin Eile

  • FPG Child Development Institute
  • IDEAs that Work