Welcome to the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECE) Research Guide

Explore the tabs on this page to learn more about the books, journals & articles, and online resources, such as e-Books that the library has to offer ECCE students & faculty. Please do not hesitate to contact a librarian if you have any questions as you research.

ECCE Books in the ATC Libraries

Books are organized using the Library of Congress classification system. Browse for Early Childhood Care and Education materials in the BF, HQ, and L areas of the library.

BF - Psychology and Human Development
HQ - Family and Childhood Development
LA - History of Education
LB - Theory and Practice of Education
LC - Social Aspects of Education
PZ - Children's Books

Some Keywords to Use When Looking Up ECE Books:

active learning
art and teaching
child development
creative activities
infants and toddlers
multiple intelligence
music and movement
early literacy
childhood disorders
education theories

When searching for books in the catalog, be sure to note which campus location the book is found. Books may be requested from another campus.

Locate Education Journals & Articles in GALILEO

To access GALILEO resources, you will need to sign into GALILEO using your ATC signon. 



Some ECCE GALILEO Databases

  • Academic Search Complete
    A multi-disciplinary database, with more than 6,100 full-text periodicals, including more than 5,100 peer-reviewed journals.
  • Career & Technical Education
    Includes several hundred full-text titles in the area of vocational information.
  • Education Journals (ProQuest)
    Gives users access to over 790 top educational publications, including more than 615 of the titles in full text. Covers not only the literature on primary, secondary, & higher education but also special education, home schooling, adult education, and more.
  • ERIC (at EBSCOhost)
    The Educational Resources Information Center database covers all aspects of education & educational research. *From the EBSCOhost Databases menu, select both ERIC & The Professional Development Collection, a specialized database for professional educators that includes 350 full-text journals.
  • ERIC (Education Resources Info Center)
    Sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education, provides access to education literature to support the use of educational research & information to improve practice in learning, teaching, educational decision-making, & research.
  • Professional Development Collection in Education
    A specialized collection of journal articles & pamphlets especially for professional educators that includes abstract & index coverage for 800 professional development titles & searchable full text for over 500 journals covering the most current topics in the field of education.
  • Research Library (at ProQuest)
    Provides one-stop access to a wide range of popular academic subjects & includes full-text access for thousands of titles, including scholarly journals, trade publications, magazines, & newspapers.


Open Access Online Journals

No password is required to view these journals & articles online.

  • American Educational Research Association (AERA) Journals
    American Educational Research Journal, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, Educational Researcher, Journal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics, Review of Educational Research, Review of Research in Education, Qualitative Inquiry, & Sociological Methods & Research.
  • American Journal of Play
    An interdisciplinary quarterly of The Strong, the American Journal of Play® is a forum for discussing the history, science, and culture of play. The Journal aims to increase awareness and understanding of the role of play in learning and human development and the ways in which play illuminates cultural history.
  • Child Care & Early Education Research Connections
    A comprehensive & unbiased collection that includes scholarly research, policy briefs, government reports, data, & instruments from a wide range of disciplines & sources, including multiple federal agencies. Research Connections compiles & distributes bibliographies, develops issue briefs, & synthesizes research on key topics.
  • Current Issues in Education
    Produced by Arizona State University graduate students. Publishes articles on a broad range of education topics that are timely & have relevance in the field of education (pre-K, K-12, & higher education) both nationally & internationally.
  • Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
    Free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly education journals.
  • Early Childhood Education Journal
    Formerly known as Day Care and Early Education. Peer-reviewed journal that analyzes issues, trends, policies, & practices for early childhood education from birth through age eight.
  • Early Childhood Research & Practice
    The first open-access, peer-reviewed, bilingual Internet journal in early care & education. Features articles related to the development, care, & education of children from birth to approximately age 8.
  • Education Research Global Observatory
    A complete and current directory of open access peer-reviewed journals in education.
  • eJournal of Education Policy
    Established in Fall 2000. Covers the broad issues of rights to an education in the public domain & the debates that emerge around differing opinions regarding educational policy making in a democratic society.
  • International Journal of Education & the Arts
    Primarily publishes peer reviewed research-based field studies including, among others, aesthetics, art theory, music education, visual arts education, drama education, dance education, education in literature, & narrative & holistic integrated studies that cross or transcend these fields.
  • International Journal of Multicultural Education
    An open-access e-journal committed to promoting educational equity, cross-cultural understanding, & global awareness in all levels of education.
  • International Journal of Special Education
  • Journal of Research in Rural Education
    A peer-reviewed, open access e-journal publishing original pieces of scholarly research of demonstrable relevance to educational issues within rural settings.
  • Teachers College Record
    Articles on Pre-School, Child Care, & Early Childhood Development.

Education News

  • Bright From the Start News
    Includes their latest news, product recalls, food recalls, & a news archive.
  • Early Childhood Focus
    Daily news clippings about child care and child welfare issues around the country brought to you by The National Association of Child Care Resources & Referral Agencies.
  • Earlychildhood NEWS
    Online resource for teachers & parents of children, from infants to age 8 years. Read articles about child development, developmentally appropriate practices, health & safety, behavior & guidance, assessment & much more.
  • SparkAction
    A gathering of information on a range of child and youth issues across the development spectrum, from organizations & leaders across the country.

Health, Wellness, & Nutrition Links

  • American Academy of Pediatrics
    Provides up-to-the-minute guidance on fitness, sports, oral health, emotional wellness, & nutrition. It includes interactive content on developmental milestones & an A-to-Z list of more than 300 health topics.
  • Children's Healthcare of Atlanta's
    Pediatric/Healthcare Glossary
  • USDA's MyPyramid for Preschoolers
    Provides information on developing healthy eating habits, trying new foods, playing actively, following food safety rules, & sample meal/snack/kitchen activities for preschoolers.
  • Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health
    •Learn about the National Survey of Children’s Health and the National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs
    •Browse national and state findings on hundreds of child health indicators
    •Download and print snapshot profiles on key topical areas for your state
    •Request a dataset and conduct in-depth data analyses on your own
    •Learn to use data more effectively
    •Discover how other state and family leaders use these findings
    •Get expert help by e-mailing us your questions – plus get links to other data sets and resources for improving children’s health and healthcare

Preschool Educator Resources

Play Resources


Art Education Links


Literature & Language Arts Education Links


Mathematics Education Links


Science Education Links

Health, Wellness, & Nutrition Resources

Technology & Teaching

Ideas for Incorporating Technology Into Your Teaching

By Age Group

Infant & Toddler Development Internet Resources

Preschool - Pre-K Development Internet Resources

  • Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL) Practice Guides for Preschoolers
    Literacy Learning Experiences, Letters & Spelling, Reading & Storytelling, Drawing & Writing, Rhymes & Sound Awareness, Talking & Listening, and Signing Activities.
  • Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS-R)
    A comprehensive, reliable & valid tool to assess program quality & quantify what is happening in a classroom. Using this rating scale can play an important role in improving the quality of early childhood care.


Videos & Tutorials for Educators


Education-Related Organizations on YouTube


Educational Organizations & Associations

State/Local Organizations & Associations

  • Bright from the Start
    Bright from the Start:Georgia Department of Early Care & Learning (Bright from the Start) is responsible for meeting the child care & early education needs of Georgia's children & their families.
  • Georgia Association of Child Care Resource
    & Referral Agencies
    In the Provider Information section, you will find training, professional development, classroom, special needs, & community involvement & education resources.
  • Georgia Association of Educators
    A professional organization for public education professionals. Support, protect, & strengthen those who nurture Georgia’s children.
  • Georgia Association on Young Children (GAYC)
    The mission of the GAYC is to encourage & support healthy development in young children by working with others to increase public awareness of the importance of early childhood education & to improve the quality of programs for young children through learning opportunities for early childhood educators.
  • Georgia Department of Education Educator Resources
    Providing answers to all your Georgia education needs.
  • Georgia Department of Health
    Information on Maternal and Child Health Programs.
  • Georgia Dept. of Human Services Division of Family/Children Services
    Investigates child abuse; finds foster homes for abused & neglected children; helps low income, out-of-work parents get back on their feet; assists with childcare costs for low income parents who are working or in job training; & provides numerous support services & innovative programs to help troubled families.
  • Georgia Learning Resources System (GLRS)
    A network of 17 centers throughout Georgia that provide training & resources to educators and parents of students with disabilities.
  • Georgia Professional Standards Commission
  • Georgia Science Teachers Association (GSTA)
    A non-profit organization that seeks to help expand the levels of student achievement. The premiere organization for sharing best practices in science education in the state of Georgia.
  • Georgia.gov - Educator Resources
    How to apply for a teaching job, information on educational technology centers, link to the Georgia Professional Standards Commission page, information on teacher certification, teacher & administrator salary schedules, & information on the Teachers' Retirement System of Georgia.
  • Professional Association of Georgia Educators
    The largest professional teacher organization in the state. Fosters greater professionalism in the classroom & other areas of the teaching & learning profession.
  • Smart Start Georgia
    The Early Childhood Division of United Way Metro Atlanta. Smart Start's vision is that every child in Georgia will start kindergarten ready to succeed. Through innovative programs & outreach initiatives, Smart Start is working to improve the quality of early care & education for all children ages birth through five, promoting lifetime learning, & ensuring greater achievement throughout the child's education & beyond.
  • Southern Early Childhood Association (SECA)
    Since 1948 the SECA has brought together preschool, kindergarten, & primary teachers & administrators, caregivers, program directors, & individuals working with & for families, to promote quality care & education for young children.
  • Special Education Services and Supports - Georgia
    Supporting educational programs designed to meet the unique needs of students with disabilities. You will find the Special Education Rules for Georgia here.

National & International Organizations & Associations

  • National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
    Founded in 1926, The NAEYC is the world's largest organization working on behalf of young children with nearly 80,000 members, a national network of more than 300 state & local Affiliates, & a growing global alliance of like-minded organizations.
  • National Association of Child Care Resources & Referral Agencies
  • National Collaboration for Families
    The Family Strengthening Policy Center (FSPC) is an initiative of the National Assembly, an alliance of leading national nonprofit health & human service organizations. The Center's objective is to influence how family policy is formulated & implemented.
  • National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilties
    Offers information on disabilities in infants, toddlers, children, & youth, IDEA, (the law authorizing special education,) No Child Left Behind (as it relates to children with disabilities), & research-based information on effective educational practices.
  • National Parent Teacher Association (PTA)
    The largest volunteer child advocacy association in the nation. Working in cooperation with many national education, health, safety, & child advocacy groups & federal agencies, the national PTA organization collaborates on projects that benefit children & that bring valuable resources to its members.
  • National Program for Playground Safety (NPPS)
    The goal of this organization is to help ensure that all playgrounds are safe for children.
  • United States Department of Education
    For the latest news on school reform, policies, and more.