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, teacher preparation, professional development, family-school relationships, social justice and equity issues, health and wellness, nutrition, facilities, special needs, infant/toddler programs, child development, advocacy, best practices in pedagogy, 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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Journal information

Editor-in-Chief
  • Patricia A. Crawford
Publishing model
Hybrid (Transformative Journal). Learn about publishing Open Access with us

Journal metrics

1.771 (2020)
Impact factor
1.947 (2020)
Five year impact factor
39 days
Submission to first decision
138 days
Submission to acceptance
465,759 (2020)
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Latest issue

Volume 49

Issue 5, September 2021

Special Issue: Early Childhood Education and Care in the Time of COVID-19

Latest articles

This journal has 48 open access articles

Journal updates

  • 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 on Humane Education and the Child-Animal Bond

    The premise of this special issue of Early Childhood Education is that accepting responsibility and learning to care for nonhuman living beings is a route to building compassion in young children. The editors would be interested to receive some practical articles and project descriptions that describe how humane education is infused in ECE programs in other countries.

  • 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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1573-1707
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1082-3301
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