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Longitudinal studies in ECEC – challenges of translating research results into policy actions

New Content ItemTo ensure high quality early childhood education and care (ECEC) for all children and to drive significant change in this field, ECEC policy-making has to incorporate and reflect on new research findings concerning factors that positively impact children’s well-being and learning in ECEC settings. The aim of the publication is to highlight the potential of results obtained from longitudinal studies to inform about the impact of ECEC on children’s learning and development and to encourage their use for evidence based policy making.

Edited by: Bernhard Kalicki, Namhee Woo, and W. Steven Barnett

  1. Research

    Classifying Korean children’s behavioral problems and their influencing factors: a latent profile analysis

    The purpose of this study is to find patterns in the latent profiles of behavioral problems of children aged 4, 5, and 6, in the child and caregiver variables that affected the composition of the latent profi...

    Jeong Rim Lee, Gilsook Kim, YeJin Yi, Shinyeong Song and Jinmi Kim

    International Journal of Child Care and Education Policy 2017 11:6

    Published on: 23 March 2017

  2. Research

    The impact of expected child-rearing expenses on childbirth based on the matching of two Korean panel data

    In Korea, recent upward trends in age of marriage and downward trends in fertility rates have motivated the Korean government to provide childbirth grants and Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) subsidie...

    Eunseol Kim, Seong Hyeok Moon, Jeong Rim Lee, Yoon Kyung Choi, Namhee Do and Dongha Lee

    International Journal of Child Care and Education Policy 2017 11:4

    Published on: 14 March 2017

  3. Research

    Analyzing early child development, influential conditions, and future impacts: prospects of a German newborn cohort study

    The paper provides an overview of a German cohort study of newborns which includes a representative sample of about 3500 infants and their mothers. The aims, challenges, and solutions concerning the large-scal...

    Sabine Weinert, Anja Linberg, Manja Attig, Jan-David Freund and Tobias Linberg

    International Journal of Child Care and Education Policy 2016 10:7

    Published on: 7 October 2016

  4. Research

    Policy translation for early childhood education and care: the Growing Up in New Zealand approach

    Longitudinal cohort studies have significant potential to inform policy across a range of child and family areas, including early childhood education and care. Here we describe the relationship between policy-...

    Amy L. Bird, Polly E. Atatoa Carr, Elaine Reese and Susan M. B. Morton

    International Journal of Child Care and Education Policy 2016 10:5

    Published on: 6 October 2016

  5. Short report

    Use of early childhood longitudinal studies by policy makers

    Modern ECCE research began with the birth of the U.S. Head Start program in the 1960s; however, policy makers and the public paid little attention to it until several studies that had random assignment or wide...

    Lawrence J. Schweinhart

    International Journal of Child Care and Education Policy 2016 10:6

    Published on: 6 October 2016

  6. Research

    Longitudinal research and early years policy development in the UK

    Interest in early years issues such as early childhood education and care (ECEC) and early intervention has increased in recent decades internationally. Partly this reflects interest in facilitating the social...

    Edward Melhuish

    International Journal of Child Care and Education Policy 2016 10:3

    Published on: 7 September 2016