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Early Childhood Education

Reference Books

Cambridge Encyclopedia of Child Development: REF HQ767.9 .C352 2005 and online

Encyclopedia of Children and Childhood: REF HQ767.84 E53 2003

Encyclopedia of Special Education: REF LC40007 .E53 and online

Encyclopedia of the Life Course and Human Development: REF HM626 .E538 2009

Books to Check Out

Books about Early Childhood Education are located in the LB section of the stacks. Subcategories are broken down as follows:

LB5-3640 Theory and practice of education

LB5-45 General

LB51-885 Systems of individual educators and writers

LB1025-1050.75 Teaching (Principles and practice)

LB1049.9-1050.75 Reading (General)

LB1050.9-1091 Educational psychology

LB1101-1139 Child study

LB1139.2-1139.5 Early childhood education

LB1140-1140.5 Preschool education.  Nursery schools

LB1141-1489 Kindergarten

LB1501-1547 Primary education

LB1555-1602 Elementary or public school education

LB1705-2286 Education and training of teachers and administrators

Other Terms to Consider

Try using one or more of the following keywords and phrases (alone or in combination) to search the online catalog & the LRC research databases for books or articles:

child abuse

child development; child development - philosophy



early childhood; early childhood education

education, bilingual

friendship; friendship in children


No Child Left Behind Act


obesity; obesity in children

physical fitness; physical fitness for children

Piaget, Jean; Vygotsky, Lev; Rogers, Fred; Bandura, Albert; Dewey, John; Erikson, Erik; Skinner, B.F.

play; play – psychological aspects

self control

sexism in education; education - gender bias

special education; learning disorders; learning disabilities; behavior disorders; autism; gifted children

Research Databases for Online Articles

CREDO Reference

Thousands of encyclopedia articles with links to other LRC resources.

ERIC (Education Resource Information Center)

Links to more than 323,000 full-text documents dating back to 1966.

EBSCO eBooks


Scholarly journal articles spanning a broad range of academic disciplines. 


National Center for Education Statistics

The primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education

Office of Head Start: Research, Data & Reports

Information on demographics, allocations, statistics, and enrollment history

National Association for the Education of Young Children

The world's largest organization working on behalf of young children

NEA Early Childhood Education

The National Education Association