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About ECRP

General Information

Early Childhood Research & Practice (ECRP) is published by the Clearinghouse on Early Education and Parenting (CEEP) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Lilian G. Katz and Dr. Jean Mendoza are the editors. Kevin Dolan is managing editor.

Contact Information:

ECRP Editor
Clearinghouse on Early Education and Parenting
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Children’s Research Center
51 Gerty Drive
Champaign, IL 61820-7469
Toll-free phone: 877-275-3227


Early Childhood Research & Practice (ECRP), an Internet-only journal, features articles related to the development, care, and education of children from birth to approximately age 8.

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Beginning with the spring 2004 issue (Volume 6, Number 1), Early Childhood Research & Practice is a fully bilingual journal, with all articles published in both English and Spanish. Submissions are reviewed in their original language, and accepted articles are subsequently translated into the other language. Prior to the spring 2004 issue, some articles were made available in Spanish as well as English.


Early Childhood Research & Practice is intended for researchers, teacher educators, program planners, policy makers and decision makers, administrators, practitioners, and parents. The focus is on applied research, or on research with practical implications; each issue typically contains at least one article by an early childhood practitioner. The focus of the journal is on the nature and improvement of practice.

ECRP had about 3.9 million visitor sessions between Dec. 1, 2013, and Dec. 1, 2014, with visitors from 225 countries around the world. Visit ECRP’s interactive map to see the number of ECRP visitor sessions by country as well as the top 50 cities that visited ECRP throughout the year. You can also see the number of visitor sessions for every U.S. state and the District of Columbia.

Subscription Information

Published twice annually, Early Childhood Research & Practice is available on the Internet without charge; no subscription is necessary at this time.


Work submitted to Early Childhood Research & Practice should be original and not previously published in another journal. Articles will undergo blind review, will be returned to the author if revisions are suggested, and will be copyedited and proofread in-house at the Clearinghouse on Early Education and Parenting (CEEP).

Articles must meet author guidelines. Submissions are currently being accepted for the journal.

Editorial Review Board

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CEEP does not request copyright to articles in Early Childhood Research & Practice. Although authors retain copyright, CEEP does request first serial publication rights and requires that authors sign release forms granting CEEP the right to publish the article in ECRP (ECRP Release Form).

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