The fall kindergarten data collection took place from late August 2010 to late December 2010/early January 2011. The spring kindergarten data collection took place from late March 2011 to mid June 2011. Data were collected in about 970 schools across the country from about 18,300 kindergartners and their families, teachers, school administrators, and before- and after-school care providers.
The fall 2011 data collection took place from late August 2011 to late December 2011/early January 2012 in about one-third of the total sample of schools participating in the study. The spring 2012 data collection took place from late March 2012 to mid June 2012. In the spring, data were collected in all schools participating in the study.
The fall 2012 data collection is taking place from late August 2012 to late December 2012/early January 2013 in about one-third of the total sample of schools participating in the study. The spring 2013 data collection will take place from late March 2013 to mid June 2013. In the spring, data will be collected in all schools participating in the study.
Please visit the following link for information about the release of data from the ECLS-K:2011: http://nces.ed.gov/ecls/datainformation2011.asp
The restricted-use base-year data file for the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 2010-11 (ECLS-K:2011) will be available in May 2013. Please note that while the ECLS-K:2011 was designed to allow for cross-cohort comparisons with the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 1998-99 (ECLS-K), the direct child cognitive assessment scores available on this first data file release will not be appropriate for cross-cohort comparisons. Child assessment scores designed specifically for comparisons between the ECLS-K and ECLS-K:2011 cohorts are currently in development, with an anticipated release in fall 2013. It will be appropriate to use data from the first data file release to compare the two cohorts in other ways, for example to look at differences in demographic characteristics or the home, school, and classroom experiences of the two groups.
For a full list of ECLS data products, please visit the Publications and Products area.
|Early Childhood Surveys at the National Center for Education Statistics: Data User's Training Seminar on The Early Childhood Longitudinal Studies (ECLS) and The National Household Education Surveys Program (NHES) 2013 Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD)
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) will be conducting a 1-day training seminar on its early childhood studies at the 2013 Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) in Seattle, Washington. This seminar will provide researchers access to some of the most comprehensive early childhood education and care data resources in the nation, focusing on three nationally representative early childhood studies conducted by NCES: the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 1998–99 (ECLS-K), the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Birth Cohort (ECLS-B), and the National Household Education Surveys Program (NHES). In addition, a new ECLS study that is being conducted by NCES with children who were in kindergarten in the 2010-11 school year (the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 2010-11, or ECLS-K:2011) will be described.
The ECLS-K permits the examination of the relationship between a wide range of family, school, classroom, and individual characteristics and children’s development, learning, and school performance from kindergarten through eighth grade. The ECLS-B provides detailed information on children's early development, health, care, and education from birth through kindergarten entry. Oversamples in the ECLS-B offer a unique opportunity to analyze the early learning experiences of low and very low birth weight, twin, Chinese, other Asian/ Pacific Islander, and American Indian/Alaska Native children. The NHES surveys consist of multiple cross-sectional surveys focusing on children’s early learning activities, school readiness, nonparental child care and early education arrangements, and parent and family involvement in education and allow analysts to study how these have changed since the early 1990s. The design of the NCES early childhood surveys enables researchers to use data from more than one source to examine early childhood issues. The SRCD seminar will provide information on the range of topics covered by each NCES study, the common measures used across the studies, and the limitations of each data source.
During the seminar, study design information relevant to data use will be presented, and a computer demonstration of software that assists users in preparing data for analyses will be conducted. Various technical issues researchers must recognize to correctly analyze these data will also be highlighted.
NCES will provide participants with CDs that include copies of all slideshow presentations; handouts about the survey instruments; guides for using the datasets’ electronic codebook (ECB) software; links to the NHES, ECLS-B, ECLS-K, and ECLS-K:2011 websites; and tables providing information on sample sizes, weighting and variance estimation, and other technical issues related to the data. Participants will also receive the NHES and ECLS-K CD-ROMS, containing the public-use data files, ECB software, and electronic versions of the survey instruments and user’s manuals.
The seminar is scheduled for Wednesday, April, 17, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. in the Aspen Room of the Sheraton Seattle Hotel.
For more information or to register for this free seminar, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the 2013 SRCD Biennial Meeting, please visit: http://www.srcd.org.