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Early Childhood Education 2260 Research Guide



Use the C.O.D. Library Catalog to find books on your advocacy project topic.

Magazines & Journal Articles

Use Early Childhood Education research databases to look up articles in magazines and journals. Also, see the newspaper databases. To use these databases from home, you will need a current C.O.D. Library Card.

Below are listed a few of the prominent journals in the early childhood education field:

  • Early Childhood Education Journal
  • Early Childhood Research and Practice
  • Exceptional Children
  • Journal of Research in Childhood Education
  • Young Children

Professional Organizations

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

Illinois Association for the Education of Young Children The Public Policy segment has many ideas for advocacy issues, many drawn from NAEYC.

Chicago Metro Association for the Education of Young Children Our local branch of NAEYC.

Current Legislation, Public Policy and Advocacy Information

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC): Public Policy For information on state and federal policy and legislation that impacts young children and families. Includes sections on emailing your legislator, an advocacy toolkit, particular facts and special reports of interest to early childhood education and care professionals.

Center for Childcare Workforce “CCW/AFTEF’s mission is to improve the quality of early care and education for all children by promoting policy, research and organizing that ensure the early care and education workforce is well-educated, receives better compensation and a voice in their workplace.”

Early Childhood Education Toolkit from Ounce of Prevention Fund Ideas for advocacy on early childhood education issues, especially how to get your message to congressional representatives and Illinois lawmakers.

Web Sites

Use the Library's list of Web search engines to find Web sites on your advocacy project topic.

Career Information

Career Encounters: Early Childhood Education [video] LB1775.6 .C3 1995 (CCIC)

Careers in Child Care [book] HQ778.5 .E24 2008 (CCIC}

Child Care Workers [Web site]

Early Childhood Education/Preschool Teacher Career Starter [book] LB 1775. C44 2002 (CCIC)

Early Childhood Professions [video] HQ 778.5 .E37 2004 (CCIC)

Opportunities in Child Care Careers [book] HQ778.7.U6 W57 2007 (CCIC)

Resume Writing and Interviewing

Go to the C.O.D. Library’s College & Career Information Center for books and videos on resume writing and interviewing. For online sources, go to the Library’s “Jobs, Careers, and College Information” Web site. Explore the section on “Resumes, Cover Letters, Interviewing”.

Employment Opportunities

For both national and Chicago area job listings, go to the Library’s special “Jobs, Careers, and College Information” Web site. Explore the sections on “Job Listings Sites.”

Marjorie Peters, Early Childhood Education & Care Librarian / petersm@cod.edu / (630) 942-2337 / SRC 3034 / http://www.cod.edu/library / rev. January 2011

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