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West, Jerry – AERA Open, 2017
The introduction to this Special Topic Collection has two parts. To provide background and context for the articles in the collection, Part 1 tells the story of the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study program at the National Center for Education Statistics. It offers an abridged history of this program and describes the designs of the two national…
Descriptors: Children, Longitudinal Studies, Surveys, Kindergarten
West, Jerry; Malone, Lizabeth; Hulsey, Lara; Aikens, Nikki; Tarullo, Louisa – Administration for Children & Families, 2010
The Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey (FACES), sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families (ACF), was first launched in 1997 as a periodic longitudinal study of program performance. This report is the fourth in a series that uses data from the FACES 2006 cohort to describe…
Descriptors: Class Size, School Readiness, Disadvantaged Youth, Kindergarten
Aikens, Nikki; Klein, Ashley Kopack; Tarullo, Louisa; West, Jerry – Administration for Children & Families, 2013
This brief report focusing on children' s kindergarten readiness i s the third in a series of reports describing data from the 2009 cohort of the Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey (FACES 2009). Previous FACES 2009 reports described the characteristics of children and their families and programs as they entered Head Start in fall 2009…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, School Readiness, Early Intervention, At Risk Students
Denton, Kristin; West, Jerry; Walston, Jill – 2003
Kindergarten and first grade represent a time of rapid growth and learning for children. During these years, children acquire the reading knowledge and skills that prepare them for future schooling and life. Until recently, little national data have been available on young children's reading skills. The Early Childhood Longitudinal Study,…
Descriptors: Beginning Reading, Classroom Environment, Family Environment, Full Day Half Day Schedules
Denton, Kristin; West, Jerry – 2002
This report is the third in a series based on findings about young children's early experiences with school from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 1998-99 (ECLS-K). Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, the ECLS-K study selected a nationally representative sample of…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Gains, Elementary School Students, Grade 1
Zill, Nicholas; West, Jerry – 2001
With the launch of the U.S. Department of Education's Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 1998-99, measures of knowledge, skills, health, and behavior of a large and nationally representative sample of American Kindergartners are available. Drawing on data from the study, this report provides a portrait of kindergarten…
Descriptors: Age Differences, At Risk Persons, Child Health, Family Environment
West, Jerry; Denton, Kristin; Germino-Hausken, Elvie – Education Statistics Quarterly, 2000
Presents findings from a new study that will follow a nationally representative sample of 1998-1999 kindergartners through fifth grade. Describes differences in first-time kindergartners' skills, health, and approaches to learning. Demonstrates that differences exist in children's skills and knowledge in relation to their characteristics,…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Health, Kindergarten Children, Longitudinal Studies