Improving Systems, Practices, and Outcomes

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Evidence-Based Practice

Evidence-based practice in the field of early childhood is the process that pulls together the best available research, knowledge from professional experts, and data and input from children and their caregivers, to identify and provide services, evaluated and proven to achieve positive outcomes for children and families.

Where do you find early childhood evidence-based practices?

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).

Multiple EI/ECSE Topics


See: Autism Spectrum Disorders: Evidence-Based Services

Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Early Child Identification

  • Tracking, Referral and Assessment Center for Excellence (TRACE) (Funded by OSEP, 2002-2007): The Puckett Institute's TRACE initiative was to identify and promote the use of evidence-based practices and models for improving child find, referral, early identification, and eligibility determination for infants, toddlers, and young children with developmental delays or disabilities who are eligible for early intervention or preschool special education.

Early Childhood Transition

  • National Early Childhood Transition Center (NECTC) (Funded by OSEP, 2002-2007): NECTC orchestrated research focus groups to investigate and validate practices and strategies that enhance the early childhood transition process and support positive school outcomes for children with disabilities.

Early Literacy

Home Visiting


See also: Research and Studies on Inclusion

Professional Development

School Readiness

See also: Multiple Early Childhood Topics

Screening, Assessment, Evaluation Instruments

Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children