Data about young children's care and education before kindergarten are collected in the NHES's Early Childhood Program Participation Survey (ECPP) and School Readiness Survey (SR). These surveys collect data about children from birth through age 6 who are not yet enrolled in kindergarten. The surveys typically focus on children's participation in and barriers to participating in nonparental care arrangements; what activities the family does with the child, such as reading, singing, and arts and crafts; and what the child is learning, such as counting, recognizing the letters of the alphabet, and reading. Parents are the respondents.
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Learn more in the Condition of Education with its 50 indicators about education topics
Visit the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study page to see how it links children's early experiences to later development, achievement and learning
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These documents provide a summary of the most recent data and key information about the survey participants and how the survey was conducted.