The ECLS-B benefited from the collaboration of many federal agencies. The ECLS-B represents the efforts of the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) and several education, health, and human services agencies. These federal agencies collaborated with NCES on the design and implementation of the study. Because the ECLS-B was a unique opportunity to gather information on early childhood health and development, many agencies committed funds to and assisted with the project. Their participation helped to avoid duplication in data collection efforts across federal agencies and resulted in a broad and comprehensive study of children’s development and experiences from birth to kindergarten entry.
Within the U.S. Department of Education:
Within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS):
The Economic Research Service (ERS), U.S. Department of Agriculture
These agencies contributed to instrument content, sampling operations, and decisions about special population coverage. NCHS played a critical role in the design and selection of the ECLS-B sample. NCHS and NIH contributed significantly to the health content of the study. NICHD, along with other NIH Institutes, and other DHHS agency partners (MCHB/HRSA and CDC) supported the oversampling of twins, low and very low birth weight children, and Chinese children. NICHD also supported the self-administered questionnaire for resident fathers while ASPE helped sponsor the collection of data from nonresident fathers and children by racial/ethnic group. USDA supported questionnaire items regarding families' food sufficiency and nutrition (e.g., participation in federal food programs, infant feeding practices) and the measurement of children's height and weight. OSEP and NCSER contributed items on children with disabilities. ACYF sponsored the observations in child care and early education settings, and the videotaping of parent-child interactions.