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ERIC Number: ED506013
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun
Pages: 39
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Disparities in Early Learning and Development:Lessons from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study--Birth Cohort (ECLS-B)
Halle, Tamara; Forry, Nicole; Hair, Elizabeth; Perper, Kate; Wandner, Laura; Wessel, Julia; Vick, Jessica
Child Trends
Education and business leaders as well as the public at large have grown increasingly concerned about the achievement disparities that children from at-risk backgrounds manifest at a young age. Early childhood initiatives that take into account the entire preschool period of 0 to 5 years need a better understanding of the disparities which may be emerging at the very youngest ages in order to address these gaps with effective, targeted interventions for children ages 0 to 3 or the full age range from birth to school entry. This brief uses data from a nationally-representative sample of infants born in the year 2001 to examine multiple socio-demographic characteristics that may be associated with developmental disparities at 9 and 24 months of age. The authors examine developmental outcomes in three domains: cognitive development, general health, and social-emotional development. The authors conclude that causal relationships among the factors presented cannot be inferred in an indicators report, and this specific report cannot explain the reasons for any identified disparities by each of the demographic characteristics considered. However, indicators of wellbeing can inform society about social conditions and influence current policy discussions, including needs assessment and planning, goal-setting, and accountability. A Technical Appendix includes additional technical information on the developmental measures and analyses used in this report. (Contains 15 footnotes, 11 figures and 6 tables. Report and appendix are individually referenced.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Council of Chief State School Officers
Authoring Institution: Child Trends
IES Cited: ED531483