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This page describes the Research Connections web accessibility efforts, copyright, terms of use, and privacy policy.


The Research Connections website complies with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, codified at section 29 USC 794d, as amended, ensures those with disabilities have equal access to government information as contained on information and communications technology (ICT), and thereby to the government employment, programs and services to which all citizens are entitled. Section 508 is only one segment of the accessibility field. In sum, Section 508 requires that people with disabilities have access to information comparable to the access available to others.

As use of information technology has greatly increased within the workplace, and out, in recent years, and additional legislation has required ever-more access to government information, there is a great need for strong, effective action to ensure compliance across this Site. For this reason, we’ve built this Site to meet the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0, level AA.

If you use assistive technology (e.g., a braille reader, a screen reader, TTY) and the format of any material on our website interferes with your ability to access the information, please e-mail us at So that we may respond in a manner most helpful to you, please indicate the nature of your accessibility problem, the preferred format in which you would like to receive the material, the web address of the requested material, and your contact information.

For additional information on Section 508, please visit


Copyright © 2021 Child Care and Early Education Research Connections

All content included on this site, such as text, graphics, logos, button icons, images, audio clips, video clips, and software, is the property of Research Connections, its affiliates, or its content suppliers and is protected by U.S. and international copyright laws.

The compilation (meaning the collection, arrangement, and assembly) of all content on this site is the exclusive property of Research Connections and its affiliates and is protected by U.S. and international copyright laws.

All software used on this site, including all HTML code, is the property of Research Connections, its affiliates, or its software suppliers and is protected by U.S. and international copyright laws.

Terms of Use

Copyrighted works that are part of this website are being used under the terms of "fair use." This service is provided with the understanding that all materials are provided solely for the user's personal, professional, scholarly, research, or educational use. Research Connections reserves the right to refuse to electronically distribute an article if, in its judgment, such distribution would involve the violation of copyright law. Research Connections is not responsible for any inaccuracies, errors, or omissions in the materials stored on this website, or for any damages arising from any of the foregoing. By using the materials on this website (, you agree to abide by these terms and conditions.

Privacy Policy

Thank you for visiting the Research Connections website and for reviewing our Privacy Policy. We collect no information about you, other than information automatically collected and stored when you visit our website, unless you choose to provide that information to us.

Information Automatically Collected and Stored

When you browse through any website, certain personal information about you and your visit can be collected. We automatically collect and store the following information about your visit:

  • The name of the domain you used to access the Internet 

  • The date and time of your visit

  • The pages you visited

  • The address of the website you came from when you visited

We use this information for statistical purposes and to help us make our site more useful to visitors. Unless it is specifically stated otherwise, no additional information will be collected about you.

Personally Provided Information

You do not have to give us personal information in order to visit our website. If you choose to provide us with additional information about yourself through an e-mail message, form, survey, or other means, we will only maintain the information as long as needed to respond to your question or to fulfill the stated purpose of the communication.

However, all communications addressed to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary or to the HHS Webmaster are maintained, as required by law, for historical purposes. These communications are archived on a monthly basis; however, they are also protected by the Privacy Act, which restricts our use of them, yet permits certain disclosures.


Research Connections does not disclose, give, sell, or transfer any personal information about our visitors, unless required for law enforcement or by statute.

Web Cookies

The Research Connections site uses two types of cookies to test and optimize website design and content.

  • We use session cookies to gather data for technical purposes such as improving navigation of our site. The -"session"- cookie is not permanently stored on your computer. The cookie and the information about your visit are automatically destroyed shortly after you close your browser to end the session. We do not use session cookies to collect personally identifiable information and we do not share data collected from session cookies.

  • We use persistent cookies to help us recognize new and returning visitors to our website. Persistent cookies remain on your computer between visits to the Research Connections website until they expire. Our persistent cookies expire 2 years after your last visit to our website. These cookies are deleted automatically from your computer as soon as they expire. We do not use multi-session cookies to collect personally identifiable information and we do not share data collected from the multi-session cookies.

You can take action to block cookies. Blocking these cookies from your computer will not affect your access to the content and tools on our website. Instructions to opt out are available on

Systems of Records

Information originally collected in traditional paper systems can be submitted electronically. Electronically submitted information is maintained and destroyed pursuant to the Federal Records Act and in some cases may be subject to the Privacy Act. If information that you submit is to be used in a Privacy Act system of records, there will be a Privacy Act Notice provided.

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