The Early Childhood Education Journal analyzes issues, trends, policies, and practices for early childhood education from birth through age eight. In addition, the journal offers well documented points of view and practical recommendations.

Peer reviewed articles cover curriculum, child care programs, administration, staff development, family-school relationships, equity issues, multicultural units, health nutrition, facilities, special needs, employer sponsored care, infant/toddler programs, child development, advocacy, and more.

The journal serves the needs of early childhood practitioners, including classroom teachers, child care providers, and teacher educators.

  • Analyzes issues, trends, policies, and practices that shape the care and education of young children (birth-8 years) throughout the world
  • Publishes peer-reviewed scholarly articles to address the evidence-based information needs of professionals dedicated to improving outcomes for young children and their families
  • Has a diverse international readership that includes higher education faculty, preservice/inservice teachers, and professionals in related disciplines
  • 100% of authors who answered a survey reported that they would definitely publish or probably publish in the journal again
  • Includes practical, theoretical, and research articles that focus on child development, young children with special needs, curriculum and evaluation, early childhood programs, home/school collaboration, effective pedagogy, professional development, and child advocacy

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Editor-in-Chief
  • Patricia A. Crawford
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Journal metrics

1.135 (2019)
Impact factor
33 days
Submission to first decision
137 days
Submission to acceptance
407,424 (2019)
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  • COVID-19 and impact on peer review

    As a result of the significant disruption that is being caused by the COVID-19 pandemic we are very aware that many researchers will have difficulty in meeting the timelines associated with our peer review process during normal times.  Please do let us know if you need additional time. Our systems will continue to remind you of the original timelines but we intend to be highly flexible at this time.

  • Call for Papers: Special Issue and Edited Book on COVID-19 and Education

    This combined Call for Papers, both for a special issue of Early Childhood Education Journal and a call for contributors of chapters for an edited book in the series Educating the Young Child is one step toward identifying authors to write authoritatively about some aspect of COVID-19. These publications are a way to provide authoritative information, professional insights, and research-based recommendations to professionals in early childhood care and education.

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Electronic ISSN
1573-1707
Print ISSN
1082-3301
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