Early Childhood Education

This guide is designed to help you research information about early childhood education . It includes an index of scholarly sources that should be used. Included in the list are websites and search engines that will be helpful in your research. If you have any trouble finding these sources, please ask a librarian for help. Good Luck! Any comments or suggestions are welcome!
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The on-line catalog provides access to the Library's collection of approximately 40,000 books, periodicals and audio-visual titles. These resources may be used to find information for assignments or general interest.
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Helpful Search Terms:

  • early childhood education
  • preschool
  • kindergarten
  • early intervention
  • elementary school
  • childhood literacy
  • child development
  • primary education

New Books

Strasburger, Victor C. Children, Adolescents, and the Media. 3rd ed. Thousand Oaks: SAGE Publications, 2014. Print.
Call Number: HQ784.M3 S78 2014
Yeager, Marcie. Executive Function and Childhood Development. New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 2013. Print.
Call Number: BF723.S25 Y43 2013

Wittmer, Donna Sasse. The Young Child: Development from Pre-birth through Age Eight. Boston: Pearson, 2013. Print.
Call Number: HQ767.9 .B56 2013

Circulating Books

Windell, James. The Everything Child Psychology and Development Book: a Comprehensive Resource on how Children Think, Learn and Play--from the Final Weeks Leading up to their Birth to their Adolescent Years. Avon: Adams Media, 2012.
Call Number: HQ772 .W54 2012

Feeney, Stephanie. Professionalism in Early Childhood Education: Doing Our Best for Our Young Children. Boston: Pearson, 2012.
Call Number: LB1139.25 .F44 2012

Edwards, Carolyn. The Hundred Languages of Children: the Reggio Emilia Experience in Transformation. Santa Barbara: Praeger, 2012.
Call Number: LB1139.3.I8 H85 2012

Mooney, Carol Garhart. Swinging Pendulums: Cautionary Tales for Early Childhood Education. St. Paul: Redleaf Press, 2012.
Call Number: LB1139.25 .M59 2012

Howes, Carollee. Dual Language Learners in the Early Childhood Classroom. Baltimore: Paul H. Brookes Pub. Co., 2011.
Call Number: P115.2 .H68 2011

Electronic Books

The library has recently added 20,000 online books from the vendor Ebrary. This is the “community college” collection, of interest to students and faculty at 2-year colleges. All books are simultaneously available to all RCC users.

A Leg Up: Enhancing Your Child's Reading and Writing
Ringler, Lenore. A Leg Up: Enchancing your child's reading and writing. Toronto: Pippin Pub., 2007. Web.

Contemporary Perspectives on Early Childhood Education
Yelland, Nicola, ed. Contemporary Perspectives on Early Childhood Education. New York: Open University Press, 2010. Web.

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Rethinking Learning in Early Childhood Education
Yelland, Nicola. Rethinking Learning in Early Childhood Education. Berkshire: Open University Press, 2008. Web.


Browse these paper journals and magazines in the library's periodicals section for articles about Early Childhood Education.
  • Early Childhood Education Journal


Access to millions of journal, magazine, newspaper and reference source articles through our research databases.

Academic Search Premier

Provides full text for more than 3,800 scholarly publications covering academic areas of study including over 10,600 articles mentioning "early childhood education", 25,400 articles mentioning "preschool", 36,800 mentioning "primary education" and 19,800 using "early intervention".

Educator's Reference Complete

is a selection of more than 450 full-text academic journals, hundreds of full-text reports, and many premier reference sources. Included content focuses on educational principles, child development and psychology, and best practices in education. Majority of the full-text titles included are also found in the ERIC database. The database is updated daily and provides 24-hour access from school or home. A search for "early childhood education" returns over 3,000 academic journal articles, 650 magazine articles, 550 books, and 450 news articles.


the U.S. Department of Education Educational Resource Information Center database, contains citations and abstracts from over 980 educational and education-related journals, as well as full text of more than 2,200 digests. Over 31,500 articles are returned on a search for "early childhood education" and 36,700 for "preschool."

Professional Development Collection

Provides a highly specialized collection of nearly 440 full text journals, designed for professional educators. A search for "early childhood" yields over 8,500 results.

Teacher Reference Center

Provides indexing and abstracts for more than 270 of the most popular teacher and administrator journals and magazines to assist professional educators. A search for "early childhood" yields over 4,500 results.

BPL Education Databases

Education databases from the Boston Public Library. You can use your RCC library barcode for access. Over 15,000 results are returned on a search for "early childhood education" when searching all databases available in this package.

Streaming Videos

Full length and segment videos from Films On Demand. Over 150 videos concerning child education and development.

Films On Demand

Study of the Child: Theories of Development, Part 1 (27 minutes)
Parents often disagree about the best way to raise children, and when they seek professional advice, find the experts are at odds with each other, too. This program helps caregivers sort through the contradictions as it summarizes some major theories of child development. Pointing out that different philosophies each tend to focus on only one aspect of human growth, the video reviews Piaget’s ideas about cognitive stages, the psychoanalytic theories of Freud and Erikson, Gesell’s phases of physical development, Skinner’s behaviorism, and Vygotsky’s sociocultural model—encouraging parents to take a “whole child” approach when putting theory into action.

Study of the Child: Theories of Development, Part 2 (16 minutes)
Why would 300-year-old educational theories be of interest to teachers of young children today? This program features the ideas of early researchers and philosophers, showing how these pioneers laid the groundwork for modern concepts of elementary school instruction. Locke’s opposition to rote memorization, Rousseau’s belief in self-direction, the recognition of each child’s individuality by Pestalozzi, and Froebel’s creative preschool techniques are profiled—and offered as starting points for educators to develop their own framework on how best to interact with young students.

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Early Childhood Professions (18 minutes)
Who better for students to learn from about early childhood professions than people already working in the field? Over the course of this video, a variety of high-energy, engaging professionals who work with children talk about some of the choices available to students today. Interviews include a kindergarten teacher, a Head Start associate director of operations, a public health nurse, an in-home child care provider, an elementary school principal, a Montessori school director, and a pediatrician.

Winning Strategies for Inclusive Classrooms (40 minutes)
Mainstreaming has become a widely used method for including special needs students in the educational process, but it sometimes leaves instructors feeling overwhelmed, under-qualified, and even resentful. Utilizing a sports metaphor including pre- and post-game analyses, this program takes viewers into elementary school classrooms to review strategies that empower teachers to more effectively manage their time, use their expertise, collaborate on content, and understand their roles and responsibilities. The video provides inclusive teams with specific examples of behaviors that can be used in the classroom so that all children benefit from quality instruction.

Web sites

There are many helpful web sites about early childhood education. The web sites listed below have been evaluated by library staff. Remember to always evaluate internet resources. To find out more about evaluating web sites, Cornell University has an informative guide.

Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC)
Contains information on state of Massachusetts Initiatives, Programs & Services, Parent and Family Support, Provider and Program Administration, Workforce & Professional Development, Laws, and more

The Early Reading First
program supports the development of early childhood centers of excellence that focus on all areas of development, especially on the early language, cognitive, and pre-reading skills that prepare children for continued school success and that serve primarily children from low-income families. The program is run through the U.S. Department of Education.

Head Start
Established in 1965, Head Start, promotes school readiness for children, ages three to five, in low-income families by offering educational, nutritional, health, social and other services. Head Start programs promote school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social and other services to enrolled children and families.

Child Development
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control has a concise and informative overview of on their website.

PBS Teachers Early Childhood content has been contextualized within the PreK and K-2 grade pages. These pages contain fun activities and related books for over 100 common themes in Language Arts and Literature, Science and Transportation, Social Studies, Math, Health and Fitness, Visual and Performing Arts, Social Skills and Safety, and Disabilities.

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General Library Information

Research guide prepared on 6/22/11 by Quinn Eureka; updated on 6/10/13 by Mallory Wilson; updated on 4/14/14 by Katie Bliss.