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Herrera Sarah, Phillips Beth M., Newton Yi-Chieh, Dombek Jennifer L., Hernandez James A., July 2021
Literature Review

Children entering kindergarten vary greatly in their language and literacy skills. Therefore, up-to-date information about evidence-based practices is essential for early childhood educators and policymakers as they support preschool children’s…

Mondi Christina F., Giovanelli Alison, Reynolds Arthur J., May 22 2021
Literature Review
Peer Reviewed

Educators and researchers are increasingly interested in evaluating and promoting socio-emotional learning (SEL) beginning in early childhood (Newman & Dusunbury in 2015; Zigler & Trickett in American Psychologist 33(9):789–798 https://…

Sparr Mariel, Morrison Colleen, Miller Kassandra, Bartko W. Todd, Frazier Stacy L., February 2021
Literature Review

This literature review sought to - Supplement and update existing literature and meta-analytic reviews of social-emotional and behavioral health outcomes achieved in afterschool programs, with a specific focus on those serving children 6 to 12…

Mak Toby C. T., Chan Derwin K. C., Capio Catherine M., 20 January, 2021
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Recent evidence has emphasized the importance of the early childhood years for developing lifelong physical activity patterns. As such, evidence-informed programs that create opportunities for young children to engage in physical activity are needed…
Hadley Elizabeth B., Mendez Karyn Zalman, Q1 2021
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Peer Reviewed
This paper systematically reviews studies on early childhood vocabulary instruction, specifically examining word selection methods and the characteristics of words selected for instruction. We examine various aspects of word selection, including…
Ardoin Nicole M. (Nicole Michele), Bowers Alison W., November, 2020
Literature Review
Peer Reviewed
Environmental education focused on the early-childhood years is experiencing dynamic growth in research and practice due to persistent environmental challenges coupled with burgeoning interest in the documented benefits of nature-rich experiences…
Yoong Sze Lin, Lum Melanie, Jones Jannah, Kerr Erin, Falkiner Maryann, Delaney Tessa, McCrabb Sam, Chai Li Kheng, Seward Kirsty, Grady Alice, August, 2020
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Objective: To (i) identify and synthesise findings from interventions to improve the dietary intake, physical activity and weight status of children aged 0–6 years attending family day care services; and (ii) assess the impact of interventions on…
Pahigiannis Katie, Glos Margaret, June, 2020
Literature Review
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Self-regulation facilitates healthy development and positive adaptation across the life course, and deficits are linked to negative health outcomes. Self-regulation development is thus an important target for universal prevention interventions in…
Banghart Patti, Halle Tamara, Bamdad Tiffany, Cook Maya, Redd Zakia, Cox Alexandra, Carlson Julianna, May, 2020
Literature Review
The purpose of this literature review is to review the research on supporting access to quality infant and toddler care and the effectiveness of approaches to improve access to and the quality of infant and toddler ECE. The review focuses on…
do Vale Marjorie Rafaela Lima, Farmer Anna P., Ball Geoff D. C., Gokiert Rebecca, Maximova Katerina, Thorlakson Jessica, May 2020
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Purpose: To explore the selection, use, and reporting of theories, models, and frameworks (TMFs) in implementation studies that promoted healthy eating in center-based childcare. Data Source: We searched 11 databases for articles published…

Blewitt Claire, O'Connor Amanda, Morris Heather, Mousa Aya, Bergmeier Heidi, Nolan Andrea, Jackson Kylie, Barrett Helen, Skouteris Helen, 07 February, 2020
Literature Review
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There is growing awareness of the benefits of curriculum-based social and emotional learning (SEL) programs in Early Childhood Education and Care settings for children’s social, emotional, and cognitive development. While many SEL programs aim to…
Walker Dale, Sepulveda Samantha J., Hoff Erika, Rowe Meredith L., Schwartz Ilene S., Dale Philip S., Peterson Carla A., Diamond Karen E., Goldin-Meadow Susan, Levine Susan Cohen, Wasik Barbara H., Horm Diane M., Bigelow Kathryn M., Q1 2020
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Children vary extensively in their language skills at school entry, and a substantial part of this variation is due to disparities in language exposure prior to school. Because these differences have continuing impact on academic, cognitive and…
Hall Tonya, January-March 2020
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Preschool students are expelled from educational settings at higher rates than any other students, and this may serve to be problematic across their lifespan. One of the primary reasons reported is due to their display of social behavioral problems…
Jones Rachel A., Sousa-Sa Eduarda, Peden Michele, Okely Anthony D., 02 December, 2019
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Early childhood education and care (ECEC) settings have a pivotal role in the promotion of physical activity for young children, and thus, the number of ECEC-based physical activity interventions has exponentially increased in the last two decades.…
Caronongan Pia, Moiduddin Emily M., Atkins-Burnett Sally, Niland Katherine, Kharsa Miranda, October, 2019
Literature Review

In 2017, the Office of Planning Research, and Evaluation (OPRE) in the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) funded Mathematica Policy Research to conduct the Infant and Toddler Teacher and Caregiver Competencies (ITTCC) project. The…