Early Childhood Education Resources: In Print and Online TN_27-05-teacher-1.jpgThe Shasta College Library offers a variety of Early Childhood Education materials to assist you with your research, including books, e-books, periodicals, videos, and more. The resources below are just a sample of what is available to you through your library, both in print and online.

Reference Books

The reference section is an excellent place to begin a search for Early Childhood Education materials. Although reference books cannot be taken out of the library, they are often the best resources to use for an introduction to a topic. Please feel free to browse these books in the library or make photocopies as necessary. Below you will find a sample of what is available to you in the reference section:
  • Broude, G.J.. (1995). Growing up: A cross-cultural encyclopedia. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.
  • Hirsch, E.S. (1983). Problems of early childhood: An annotated bibliography and guide. New York, NY: Garland.
  • Kagan, J. (1998). The Gale encyclopedia of childhood & adolescence. Detroit, MI: Gale.
  • Leach, P. (1984). The child care encyclopedia: A parents' guide to the physical and emotional well-being of children from birth through adolescence. New York, NY: Knopf.
  • Williams, L.R. (Ed.) (1992). Encyclopedia of early childhood education. New York, NY: Garland.

General Collection

There are also some excellent resources available to you in the general collection. Searchable through the library catalog, these books and periodicals can be checked out for up to two weeks at a time. Since there are many different emphases in Early Childhood Education, it can prove very helpful to know some of the Library of Congress subject headings before beginning your search. A subject search using the sample headings below will generate some good results:
  • Early childhood education–United States
  • Early childhood education–Activity programs
  • Early childhood education–United States–Curricula
  • Child care–United States
  • Child development–United States
  • Child welfare–United States
  • Curriculum planning
  • Motor ability in children
  • Multicultural education–United States
  • Physical education for children–Curricula
  • Study and teaching - activity programs


  • Douville-Watson, L. (1999). Infants & toddlers: curriculum and teaching. Albany, NY: Delmar Publishers.
  • Green, M.D. (1998). Themes with a difference: 228 new activities for young children. Albany, NY: Delmar Publishers.
  • Hall, J. T. (1980). Physical education in the elementary school. Santa Monica, CA: Goodyear Publishers.
  • Krogh, S. (2001). The early childhood curriculum [Electronic resource]. Mahwah, NJ: L. Erlbaum.
  • Mayesky, M. (1998). Creative activities for young children. Albany, NY: Delmar Publishers.
  • Morrison, G.S. (2004). Early childhood education today, 9th edition. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Merrill/Prentice Hall.
  • Robles de Melendez, W. J. (1997). Teaching young children in multicultural classrooms: Issues, concepts, and strategies. Albany NY: Delmar Publishers.
  • Schickedanz, J.A. (1996). Curriculum in early childhood: A resource guide for preschool and kindergarten teachers. Boston, MA: Allyn and Bacon.
  • Silberg, J. (1995). 500 five minute games: Quick and easy activities for 3-6 year olds.


  • Child Development. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press. [2001 - present]
  • Childhood Education. Olney, MD: Association for Childhood Education International. [2001 - present]
  • Day Care and Early Education. New York, NY: Human Sciences Press. [1985-1993]
  • Journal of Research in Childhood Education. Wheaton, MD: The Association. [1999-2000]
  • Parents. New York, NY: Gruner and Jahr. [1994 - present]
  • Young Children. Washington, DC: National Association for the Education of Young Children. [2001 - present]

Online Resources

The library has a vast collection of materials available to you online, including the full-text of electronic books, available through the library catalog, and the full-text of hundreds of articles in magazines and journals, available through the library's extensive collection of databases. Below is a sample of some of these resources:

Books in eletronic format:


The library subscribes to dozens of online databases, most of which offer full-text access to magazines and journals, with both current and historical holdings. The best databases to use to find information about Early Childhood Education are:
  • Academic Search Premier - This academic, multidisciplinary database covers a variety of subjects in over 4,000 academic publications, including many in full-text from 1975-present
  • ERIC - ERIC, Educational Resource Information Center, provides information to over 1,000 education and education-related journals.
  • MasterFILE Premier - This general, multidisciplinary database covers a variety of subjects, including education, health, business, science, and more. Access to over 1,700 publications, including many in full-text from 1975-present.
  • Primary Search (Elementary School) - Coverage of over 70 publications devoted exclusively to elementary school research. Full-text access to many publications from 1990-present.

A sample of the journals contained in these databases appears below:

Internet sites:

There are many Internet sites dealing with Early Childhood Education and related issues. Where to begin? A search on LII (Librarians Internet Index - http://lii.org/) is a good place to start.

Below is a list of Web sites, with annotations from LII, on Early Childhood Education and related issues:
  • Child and Family WebGuide is comprised of hundreds of annotated sites "that contain research-based information about child development." Includes a section for parents with after school activities, child care, family weekends, movies and media, private schools, and summer activities (these sites are not rated). Created by faculty and librarians at Tufts University.
  • Children's Defense Fund (CDF) The mission of the CDF is to educate the nation on the needs of children, and offer preventative help and information. Features news and reports; statistics; national and state data; full-text documents on family, parenting, and related children's issues; and a list of annotated links for child advocates.
  • Harvard Family Research Project provides results of research on topics related to "family-school-community partnerships and strategy consulting and evaluation." Publication topics include out-of-school time, evaluation and accountability, professional development, early childhood care and education, and family-school involvement. Also features the project's evaluation periodical. Part of the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
  • Head Start Bureau "Head Start and Early Head Start are comprehensive child development programs that serve children from birth to age 5, pregnant women, and their families. ... [These programs] have the overall goal of increasing the school readiness of young children in low-income families." This site features information about projects and services, grants, research and statistics, budget and policy, and training. Searchable. From the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Idea Box: Early Childhood Education & Activity Resources "Activities" lists things to do with young children; "Seasonal" holds activities, crafts, games, and songs about holidays, including Earth Day and Black History Month; "Games" includes musical chairs, cotton ball race, and many others; "Music and Songs" has finger plays and children's songs; and "Craft Recipes" contains "Playdough" and other craft materials. Although the site is not searchable, all lists are alphabetical and easy to use.
  • National Center for Early Development & Learning (NCEDL) "is a national early childhood research project supported by the US Department of Education's Institute for Educational Sciences (IES)." It "focuses on enhancing the cognitive, social and emotional development of children from birth through age eight." This site features case studies, reports, fact sheets, and other research documents on topics such as child development, early childhood education, and education policy. Includes related links. Searchable.
  • National Network for Child Care (NNCC) aims "to share knowledge about children and child care from the vast resources of the land grant universities with parents, professionals, practitioners, and the general public." The site includes research-based articles (some in Spanish); statistical data, licensing information, and programs by state; and conference listings. NNCC is supported by the Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service; U.S. Department of Agriculture; and CYFERNet, the Cooperative Extension System's Children, Youth, and Family Network.
  • Prepare My Child for School: Helping Your Preschool Child "This booklet is for families and caregivers who want to help their preschool children to learn and to develop the skills necessary for success in school -- and in life." It includes sections on the education and development of babies, toddlers, and preschoolers; tips for preparing a child for kindergarten, selecting TV programming, and choosing child care; and related material. Also available in Spanish. From the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Program for Infant/Toddler Care (PITC)'s mission is "to ensure that America's infants get a safe, healthy, emotionally secure and intellectually rich start in life. PITC's Online Library includes power point lectures, journal articles, and videos/DVDs available for purchase. There is no charge for viewing the power point slides. There is a charge to download journal articles (most of which are highly relevant, peer reviewed, and appropriate for use by community college students) from the PITC webpage, but most of these articles are available from the Shasta College Library as well. Ask-a-Librarian for further assistance.
  • ReadyWeb: A Resource for Parents and Educators This site provides "an electronic collection of resources on school readiness sponsored by the ERIC Clearinghouse on Elementary and Early Childhood Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, funded by the U.S. Department of Education." It features articles and links to resources on research, public policy, statistics, parenting tips, and other topics. Also includes bibliographies on transitioning to kindergarten and reading, writing, and school readiness. Searchable.
  • Right to Play is an athlete-driven international humanitarian organization that uses sport and play as a tool for development of children and youth in the most disadvantaged areas of the world." The site features a description of the programs, biographies of selected "athlete ambassadors" (many of whom are Olympians), photos, and information about volunteer opportunities.
  • U.S. Department of Education A-Z Index This index to the U.S. Department of Education's Web site includes links to the best starting points on a variety of educational topics, from accreditation to writing.
  • Young Children:Journal of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, is "an award winning peer reviewed journal published bi-monthly by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Young Children issues are organized around topical clusters that devote special attention to issues in the field of early childhood education." The contents pages and some full text articles from Young Children are available on the journal's website. The Shasta College Library also receives the print edition of Young Children.
  • Zero to Three is dedicated to promotion of healthy development of children from birth to age three. This searchable site contains information on a baby's social, emotional, and intellectual development. The site has sections for parents and for professionals. Brainworks explores how the brain develops in the context of relationships. Included are a glossary and related resources. Parent Information contains excerpts from the bimonthly bulletin Zero to Three , which includes rhymes and fingerplays in English and Spanish, books and young children, social skills, and others. There is also information about choosing child care, developmental milestones, many helpful tips.

Following is a list of ECE curriculum sites recommended by instructor Debbie Whitmer:

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