Early Childhood Education

Objective:  Use this guide to quickly find scholarly and professional resources in support of the Early Childhood Education program.


Scholarly and peer-reviewed material can be found through our research databases. We recommend using:

  • OneSearch logo and link
  • General Research Advice

    ECE Journals

    These are some of the best academic journals for Early Childhood Education.  Browse through the latest issues for timely topics.

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    Before you begin searching for resources on your topic, you might want to first consider:

    1. What is the focus of my research topic in the field of education (history or philosophy, methodology, curriculum)?

    2. What do I want to focus on within this subject? (theory, practical application, current trends)?

    3. What might be some other factors to keep in mind? (age or grade level, ethnicity, technology)?


     Learn from Films

    fod logoEducation Videos via (FilmsOnDemand)
    Hundreds of films on curriculum, instruction, educational foundations, psychology of education, special education.

    Ted Talks logo

    Topics | Education
    How do we reinvent education? These TED Talks explore the latest thinking — from teachers, parents, kids — on how to build a better school.

    CT Early Childhood Center LogoThe Center for Early Childhood Education
    Extensive archive of footage featuring young children, early childhood professionals engaged in teaching and interviews with experts in the field. From the Eastern Connecticut State University.


     Browse @ The Library


    Subject Encyclopedias

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    Find these on the main floor of the library in the reference collection:

    Encyclopedia of education and human development (print Reference LB15.E473 2005 v.1-3)

    Psychology of classroom learning (print Reference LB1060.P89 2009 v.1-2)



    Children’s Picture Book Collection

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    Browse children’s picture books on the main floor along the wall between offices 201C and 201D.

    Organized by the first letter of the author’s last name.



    The Stacks

    Find books on specific topics in education upstairs in room 301C. Categories include:

    LA History of education

    LB Theory and practice of education

    LC Special aspects of education


    Print Magazines

    The library subscribes to the following education-related magazines in print and maintains a small backfile:

    Exchange magazine logo
    Exchange Magazine: A bimonthly publication focused on the administration of programs for young children.

    rethinking schools logo
    “Crammed with innovative teaching ideas, valuable resources, and analyses of important issues and organizing, Rethinking Schools is a source for educators who want to enlist students in thinking deeply and critically about the world today.”

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    Young Children: Peer-reviewed professional journal, issues are organized around topics important to the early childhood education field.

     Resources for ECE

    Data Sources
    ECE Statistics
    The Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development
    Up-to-date scientific knowledge available on the development of young children, from conception to age five. Produced by the Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development (CEECD) and the Strategic Knowledge Cluster on Early Child Development (SKC-ECD).

    Bibliographic records of education literature, plus a growing collection of full text journal articles, an alphabetical list of non-journal sources and RSS feeds and quick searches of featured publication sources and high-interest topics.

    Education World
    A resource that includes original content, including lesson plans, practical information for educators, information on how to integrate technology in the classroom, articles written by education experts, and employment listings.

    NAEYC: National Association for the Education of Young Children
    Promotes high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research.

    The Heckman Equation
    Resource for understanding the great gains to be had by investing in the early and equal development of human potential.

    NIEER: National Institute for Early Education Research
    Conducts academic research to inform policy supporting high-quality, early education for all young children.

    OMEP World Organization for Early Childhood Education
    An international, non-governmental and non-profit organization concerned with all aspects of early childhood education and care


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