Personality and Social Development Research Laboratory

NICHD Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development (SECCYD)

Funder: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Principal Investigator: Laurence Steinberg, Ph.D.
Co-Principal Investigator: Marsha Weinraub, Ph.D.
Dates: 1989-present

The NICHD Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development represents four Phases of an intensive, longitudinal project that began in 1989: The NICHD Study of Early Child Care. The study involves 10 sites across the country and is funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) at the National Institutes of Health. In 1991, about 1,300 infants and their families were enlisted at the 10 sites. In Philadelphia, 136 families were recruited when their child was born. Our staff, at the Temple University site, has followed these children and their families through visits to their homes, child care settings, schools, family visits to our laboratory, and phone calls several times each year. We have been studying the children’s cognitive, language, and social development, health and academic achievement as well as family functioning from infancy to school age. The information from this study is considered to be critically important to the national debates on the effects of children’s family, childcare, and school experiences on their development and on their performance and behavior in school.

We are currently in the process of closing out Phase IV of the project. In this phase we continued to follow our study participants through high school.

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For a complete list of Network publications and presentations generated from the NICHD SECCYD, please check out our national website at

One Book, Every Young Child: Evaluation of the Second Year

Funder: Office of Commonwealth Libraries
Principal Investigator: Marsha Weinraub, Ph.D.
Co-Principal Investigator: Anne Shlay, Ph.D.
Dates: 2007

In March 2007 the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Office of Commonwealth Libraries will launch the second annual ‘One Book, Every Young Child’ project. The goal of this project is to increase young children’s exposure to and experiences with books in the interest of promoting children’s early literacy skills throughout the state. A collaborative effort of Pennsylvania public libraries, children’s museums, and public television stations, the project will also showcase interactive activities for adults to promote the development of children’s early learning skills. Accessible to all areas and populations in the Commonwealth, the One Book, Every Young Child program will demonstrate to adults how early literacy skills can be enhanced through author presentations and book signings, mass book mailings, story themed resource kits for hands-on learning, and website access for downloading book- related activities.

Researchers at Temple University will document and evaluate the impact of three One Book, Every Young Child program components; (1) the author’s visits to area libraries, (2) the website, and (3) the impact of the Book Mailings and library outreach on the literacy activities of child care center teachers, Head Start teachers, family day care home providers, parents and children. In addition, Temple University faculty and students will work with the Office of Commonwealth Libraries to enhance the libraries’ One Book outreach program to the child care community

An important part of the evaluation will include comparative assessment of child and family care provider and parent literacy-related activities in three counties before and after delivery of the library outreach programs. Pre and post program changes in the literacy activities of child care providers and parents who received the program in two counties during the Week of the Young Child will be compared to pre and post literacy activities of child care providers and parents in the one county in which program delivery will have been delayed until the Fall. Differential changes in providers and caregivers between the libraries receiving the intervention and the libraries in the county not receiving the intervention will be assessed.

Reports of the evaluation results will be presented to state and local officials in the Commonwealth Library and the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Results will also be presented at multiple professional conferences including, but not limited to, meetings of the American Library Association, International Reading Association, and the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

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