Current Research On Professional Development

This list of current research on professional development for early childhood and afterschool professionals is continually being updated. Please contact Northern Lights to share other research that you have found useful.

Research Connections
This site regularly reviews latest research acquisitions and identifies reports and journal articles of high policy relevance. Find the link to the New Research section from the middle of the home page. Website includes links to publications and data sets which can be filtered, saved, browsed and searched. Also linked from the US Government sites (see below).

Center for Applied Research
The NAEYC Center for Applied Research is dedicated to strengthening the links between early childhood research, practice, and policy. It provides practitioners access to high-quality research and supports the development and number of researchers entering the field of early childhood.

National Institute of Early Childhood Research (NIEER)
The National Institute conducts and communicates research to support high quality, effective, early childhood education for all young children. It’s focus is on preschool (ages 3 and 4) research, policy current events, trends etc.  It has reports, policy fact sheets, videos,  data, an e-newsletter and more.

Early Childhood Research Quarterly (ECRQ)
Elsevier publishes this journal, which is affiliated with NAEYC (NAEYC  members receive a discount on this publication).  Published for over twenty years, the journal has influenced the field of early childhood education and development through the publication of empirical research (quantitative or qualitative methods) that meets the highest standards of scholarly and practical significance.

Afterschool Alliance Research
Afterschool Alliance is the leading voice for Afterschool and is dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of afterschool programs and advocating for more afterschool investments.  This section of its website includes research and reports, policy briefs, fact sheets, publications and more.

California Afterschool Network
California has an extensive network of afterschool programs, and the California Afterschool Network provides out-of-school time practitioners, advocates, and community members with the resources and tools necessary to build high quality out-of-school time programs in California.   This section of its website is dedicated to reports, data and policy for California children and afterschool programs as well as national research and links to other current research about children.

Child Trends
Child Trends is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research center that studies children at all stages of development.

Harvard Family Research Project
This Project promotes more effective educational practices, programs, and policies for disadvantaged children and youth by generating, publishing, and disseminating research.  Subjects include out of school (afterschool) programs, linking schools and communities, family involvement and more.

US Government – Department of Health and Human Services

Find the latest research tools and reports on issues affecting child care and out-of-school time for young children, older children and youth. These links have up-to-date information on trends in child care and afterschool care issues, statistical data, and reports.  The site includes current federal grants and a link to Research Connections (see above).