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Recent federal legislation has focused on the importance of building a strong base of scientific evidence to inform educational policy and practice. As such, the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) was established within the U.S. Department of Education in 2002 to provide rigorous evidence on which to ground education practice and policy. IES encompasses the following national centers:
The ECTA Center has compiled a list of selected resources on Defining, Understanding, and Implementing Evidence-Based Practice. We created this list using a reference-sharing program (RefWorks), which allows you to sort, search for, and export references. It also allows you to create APA-style bibliographies.
The resources below provide information on evidence-based practices in areas specific to early childhood care and education, professional development, early intervention and early childhood special education (EI/ECSE).
See also, the Multiple Early Childhood Topics section of this page for more reviews of programs and practices that have been shown to be effective at improving different aspects of early school readiness.
Many of the Center's topical pages also include links to evidence-based practices related to specific Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education topics.