The library pulls together gray research literature (e.g., publicly available reports and briefs published by government agencies, and for-profit and non-profit organizations), peer-reviewed journal articles, survey instruments, webinars, and descriptions of projects funded by the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE), within the child care and early education (CCEE) field.
The collection includes these major subjects of research:
The CCEE experiences of children birth through age 8 and – when addressing school-age child care – through age 13
Parents and families using CCEE services
The CCEE workforce
National, state, and local CCEE policies
Browse the full list of topics on the Explore Our Topics page.
Research on elementary education is beyond the scope of the collection. Research on other child and family services (e.g., child welfare, early intervention, family support) is beyond the scope of the collection, except when it focuses on the role of CCEE in those arenas.
The collection includes a variety of resource types, the most common of which are described below. View the complete list of resource types.
Administration for Children and Families/OPRE Projects: Research initiatives sponsored by the Office of Child Care or OPRE, Administration for Children and Families
Executive Summary: Overview of major findings and recommendations from larger, more detailed reports of original research
Fact Sheets and Briefs: Descriptive summaries of statistical results or research findings, often accompanied by policy implications
Instruments: Data collection tools and measures used in reports, data sets, and major research projects in the collection
Interactive Tools: A site featuring interactive data, such as a map with clickable geographic regions
Literature Review: Resources that summarize and critique reports on a particular topic, to provide a broad understanding of the status of research on the topic
Multimedia: A webinar or a recorded audio or video presentation
Reports and Papers: Reports of original research and papers dealing with theoretical issues relevant to child care and early education
Other: Policy papers, discussions of research or policy, commentaries, descriptions of existing research, or materials that do not fit into any of the other categories
The collection focuses on the United States but also includes research on CCEE in other countries.
Assessing Research Quality
Research Connections accepts research and related documents that fall within the scope of the topics and resource types noted above, without judging the quality of their design, methods, findings, and general content. Because the intent of the site is to inform users' understanding and decisions—and not to make recommendations—we provide research publications with differing perspectives. It is essential that visitors evaluate the quality of research they find on the site. Resources to help with evaluation are available on the Assessing Research Quality page.
Research Connections' librarians routinely search several hundred websites and journals from the range of disciplines and professional fields that study CCEE. To suggest additional publications to include in the library, please email RCLibrary@icf.com.