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The child care & early education glossary defines terms used to describe aspects of child care and early education practice and policy; the research glossary defines terms used in conducting social science and policy research, for example those describing methods, measurements, statistical procedures, and other aspects of research.

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Native Language
The language that a person learns at home as a child, typically from a parent. Native language is sometimes referred to as one's "mother tongue" or Home Language.
Nontraditional Hour Child Care
Child care provided during nontraditional work hours such as over weekends or before 6am or after 7pm, Monday-Friday.
Nursery Schools
Child care programs designed for children ages 3-5 that typically operate for fewer hours/day and days/week than other child care option and tend to have less regulatory oversight. See related: Preschool, Pre-kindergarten.