Improving Systems, Practices and Outcomes

Early Childhood Research & Reference Portal

About the Portal

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.

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eNotes (search issues for past 5 years)

A collection of curated news, research and online resources on early intervention and early childhood special education gathered from a variety of reliable sources.

Early Childhood Data Sources

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

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 EBP.

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

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.

  • IDEAs that Work: Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education

The 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     © 2012-2020 ECTA Center

  • UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute