ERIC Number: ED488886
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Aug-15
National Study Profiles Children Entering Early Intervention. FPG Snapshot, #20
FPG Child Development Institute, University of North Carolina
The National Early Intervention Longitudinal Study (NEILS) is the first national study of the Part C (IDEA) early intervention (EI) system with a nationally representative sample (3,338) of children and families receiving early intervention services. The study follows the children from the time they entered early intervention (in 1997 and 1998), annually while receiving EI services and at or before 36 months of age, and at entry to kindergarten. NEILS was designed to provide both descriptive and explanatory information about the children and families in early intervention, the services they receive and their outcomes. NEILS is based on the recognition that outcomes for children and families are influenced by a complex interplay of child, parent, and community factors with EI services. This national portrait of the children and families at entry to Part C service addresses two major questions: (1) Who are the infants and toddlers who enter the early intervention? and (2) Who are the families who have infants and toddlers who enter the early intervention system? The data include sociodemographic information of the family, such as income, receipt of public assistance, poverty status, and maternal educational attainment. For each question, where available, national data are used to compare the characteristics of children and families in early intervention with those of children and families in the general population.
Descriptors: Toddlers, Infants, Poverty, Educational Attainment, Early Intervention, Family Characteristics, At Risk Persons
FPG Child Development Institute, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, CB# 8185, Chapel Hill, NC, 27599-8185. Web site: http://www.fpg.edu.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Authoring Institution: N/A