Performance Improvement 2001. Planning and Development of the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study--Year 2000 Birth Cohort


The Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Year 2000 Birth Cohort (ECLS-B) is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, in collaboration with the National Center for Health Statistics, the National Institutes of Health, the Administration on Children, Youth & Families, the Department of Agriculture, and other Federal agencies. It is designed to provide detailed information about children's early life experiences, including children's health, development and care, and education from birth through first grade. Beginning in September 2000, over 12,000 nine-month-olds nationwide will be recruited into the ECLS-B. At this time, parents will be interviewed and infants will be observed to learn about their health and development. The study will follow the children and their families for at least six years, by which time most of the children will have reached first grade. Evaluation funds will help shape the ECLS-B into an important health planning, evaluation and research tool. Specifically, the funds will be used to supplement questions and assessments, including costs associated with question development, assessment of data collection methodologies, and field testing. Funds have been committed to support an oversample of twins, an oversample of very low birth weight (VLBW) infants, a self- administered questionnaire for resident fathers, and a self-administered pilot questionnaire for non- resident fathers who have some contact with the child. Data from the ECLS-B are expected to inform many government analyses and policy reviews, including program evaluation and research efforts to focus on infants, and variables that mediate the impact of service or intervention programs, or otherwise influence children's health in this country.


AGENCY SPONSOR: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

FEDERAL CONTACT: Rose Maria Li, 301-496-1175

PIC ID: 7115

PERFORMER: Department of Education, National Center for Educ Statistics, Washington, DC