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Guo Ying, Dynia Jaclyn M., Lai Mark H. C., Q1 2021
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Using data from 73 early childhood special education (ECSE) teachers and 837 preschool children, this study examined whether teachers experienced differences in self-efficacy in teaching children with and without disabilities, as well as whether…
Gold Zachary S., Elicker James, Kellerman Ashleigh M., Christ Sharon L., Mishra Aura, Howe Nina, January, 2021
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Research Findings: Engineering play is a new framework for understanding constructive block building as a design process. The current study examined associations between engineering play with wooden unit blocks and mathematics and spatial skills of…
Chodron Gail, Pizur-Barnekow Kris, Viehweg Stephan, Puk-Ament Alexandra, Barger Brian, April, 2021
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Although intervening early can improve child and family outcomes when a child has a developmental disability, most children with developmental delays are not identified prior to school entry. Childcare professionals can play a key role in…
Lipscomb Shannon T., Hatfield Bridget E., Goka-Dubose Emiko, Lewis Hillary, Fisher Philip A., Q3 2021
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Early care and education (ECE) is an important developmental context for nurturing resilience with young children experiencing adversity. In particular, strengthening the capabilities of adult caregivers, such as ECE teachers, to mitigate the…
Hooper Alison, Hallam Rena A., June 2021
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed

This study examines the prevalence of home-based child care providers who report serving at least one child whom they identify as having a disability. Although many families choose home-based child care, researchers know very little about how…

Gebhart Tracy, Warner-Richter Mallory, Boddicker-Young Porsche, Hooper Alison, Halle Tamara, Hallam Rena A., 2020
Reports & Papers
This Snapshot uses data from the 2012 National Survey of Early Care and Education (NSECE) to examine caregiving arrangements for young children with special needs to better understand where these children receive early care and education (ECE)…
Jones Jennifer Call, Hampshire Patricia Korzekwa, McDonnell Andrea P., November, 2020
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Engaging parents in their children’s education beginning in early childhood leads to improved academic and social outcomes for children (Brannon and Dauksas in PRISM: A Journal of Regional Engagement 1:94–105, 2012). In the field of early childhood…
Kapa Leah L., Erikson Jessie A., July, 2020
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between executive functioning and word learning among preschoolers with and without developmental language disorder (DLD). Method: Forty-one preschool-age children with DLD were matched to…
Ridgley Robyn, Snyder Patricia A., McWilliam R. A., February, 2020
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
We used two judgment-based scales to evaluate quality features of 623 individualized family service plans (IFSP) contributed by 73 service coordinators in one state. We also explored the alignment between the skills specified in child-focused IFSP…
Warner-Richter Mallory, Lloyd Chrishana M., August, 2020
Fact Sheets & Briefs
This fact sheet examines the interrelationship between disability, race, and ethnicity, and how this plays out across the country. Next, it discusses specific impacts of the pandemic on families with young children with disabilities, and, finally,…
Cate Deborah, Dell Penny, Littlefield Ruth, Riepe Benjamin, Whaley Kathy T., 23 September, 2020
Fact Sheets & Briefs
ECTA Center hosted a series of discussions between Spring-Summer 2020 with teachers, providers, administrators, and families from across the country and gathered supporting research. In listening to their stories, it became apparent that these times…
Lipscomb Stephen, Shoji Megan, Terziev Jeffrey, Vogel Cheri, Aikens Nikki, Snyder Patricia A., Burchinal Margaret, August, 2020
Reports & Papers
The federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) of 2004 governs how states and public agencies provide educational services to eligible infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities. One piece of IDEA authorizes grants to…
Guiberson Mark M., Rodriguez Barbara L., August, 2020
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
Purpose: This research note describes the use of working memory measures as potential indicators of developmental language disorders (DLD) in preschool-age dual language learners from Spanish-speaking backgrounds. This report is an extension of…
Wackerle-Hollman Alisha K., Duran Lillian K., Miranda Alejandra, May, 2020
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
For young Spanish–English dual language learners (SE-DLLs), early literacy skills, including phonological awareness and alphabet knowledge in Spanish as well as English, are crucial to their reading success. However, there is a lack of research…
Elbaum Batya, January-March 2020
Reports & Papers
Peer Reviewed
The purpose of this secondary analysis of state-collected data was to investigate developmental outcomes of preschool special education (PSE) services in a statewide cohort of participating children (n = 17,828). In line with federal performance…