Early Childhood Longitudinal Study (ECLS)
STIPULATIONS FOR USE: Open Access to SodaPop. Restricted data requests may only be made by Penn State researchers. Non-PRI faculty and student requests for restricted data are subject to the approval of the PRI Director.
Kindergarten Sample (ECLS-K) and Birth Cohort Sample (ECLS-B)
DESCRIPTION FOR ECLS-K: The Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 1998-99 (ECLS-K) is an ongoing effort by the U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). The study follows a nationally representative sample of approximately 22,000 children from kindergarten through fifth grade. From a national perspective, little information is available on the knowledge and skills of young children as they enter kindergarten and move through the primary grades. In part, this research is in response to an increased public awareness of the importance of children's early experiences in care and education evidenced by the National Education Goal on school readiness. (Description taken directly from ECLS-K Website).
DESCRIPTION FOR THE ECLS-B: The Early Childhood Longitudinal Study is designed to provide decisionmakers, researchers, child care providers, teachers, and parents with detailed information about children's early life experiences. The birth cohort of the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study (ECLS-B) looks at children's health, development, care, and education during the formative years from birth through kindergarten entry. Unique to this study is the inclusion of fathers; fathers are asked directly about their children and their involvement with them (Description taken from ECLS-B Website).
DATA OBTAINED FROM: National Center for Education Statistics
Kindergarten Cohort - U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 1998-1999. Specific collection name (e.g. Base Year Public Use File). Year or range of specific collection (e.g. 1998-1999).
Birth Cohort - U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Birth Cohort of 2001. Specific Collection Name (e.g. 9 Months Public Use File). Year or range of specific collection (e.g. 2001).
Please append to the above: Data prepared in research-ready format and distributed by the Population Research Institute, The Pennsylvania State University. Include Date of Download.
RESTRICTED VERSIONS AVAILABLE: Restricted-use versions of ECLS-K and ECLS-B data are available from IES/NCES. Information on licensing procedures can be found in the Publications and Products portion of the IES/NCES web site. PRI faculty and students interesting in accessing restricted-use data should contact the Data Archivist.