Improving Systems, Practices, and Outcomes

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Research and 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, this Research and 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.

ECTA Resources

Early Childhood Data Sources

Links to national and state-by-state data on policies, performance, and initiatives related to early childhood care and education.

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 EBP.

Effectiveness of Infant and Early Childhood Programs

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


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

Other Resources

OSEP-Funded Discretionary Grants Database

See also: Forecast of Funding Opportunities from OSEP

Research Grants Database

Research projects funded by the Institute of Education Sciences.

See also: Funding Opportunities: Early Intervention and Early Learning in Special Education Program

Search the Professional Literature

Information about searching the literature via Education Resources Information Center (ERIC) Database, Google Scholar, and Research Connections.

What Works Clearinghouse (WWC)

Reviews of the research on specific interventions and curricula.

See: Early Childhood (Pre-K), Children and Youth with Disabilities, or search: Find What Works