Welcome to the Everyday Children's Learning Opportunities Institute website. Information included on
the website includes a broad range of topics on young children's everyday learning opportunities and
natural learning environments. Website content is based on more than 15 years of research and practice
on the characteristics and consequences of everyday learning of children from birth to six years of age.
The Everyday Children's Learning Opportunities Institute is a major initiative of the Center for Dissemination and Utilization at the Orelena Hawks
Puckett Institute. Visit our other websites for additional information about evidence-based practices.
major goal of the Everyday Children's Learning Opportunities Institute is the
production of materials that parents and practitioners can utilize to increase
the use of everyday family and community activity settings as sources of young
children's natural learning opportunities. The Institute staff developed
and evaluated the effectiveness of methods and procedures for facilitating
parents' and practitioners' understanding of everyday learning opportunities,
and how natural learning environments can increase the variety and frequency
of learning opportunities that are afforded young children. The methods
and procedures used to accomplish the Institute goal are guided by a conceptual
and operational framework that investigates the ways in which children's interests
and assets support and strengthen competence in a natural learning environments.
The Institute has been funded, in part, by the U.S. Department of Education,
Office of Special Education Programs, Research-to-Practice Division.
The main source of information about the characteristics and consequences of young children's everyday learning opportunities were description, intervention, and policy studies conducted with parents, practitioners, higher education faculty and state-level policy makers.
Institute descriptive and experimental studies were conducted at more than 15 primary research sites throughout the United States. National surveys of everyday family and community life were conducted with parents in 48 United States, Puerto Rico, and Micronesia.
The materials available as printable documents summarize information about the conceptual and operational foundations of the Everyday Children's Learning Opportunities Institute studies as well as provide interested researchers with bibliographic lists of research studies and other relevant material on young children's everyday learning. This may be downloaded as PDF files or HTML files.
Children's Learning Opportunities Reports
Winterberry Press is the official distributor of materials produced by the Everyday Children's Learning Opportunities Institute. To purchase the products below, please visit the Everyday Children's Learning Opportunities Institute section of the Winterberry Press web site.
Researchers at five institutions throughout the United States collaborated in the conduct of the research studies.
Orelena Hawks Puckett Institute (Morganton, NC)
Carl J. Dunst, Ph.D.
University of Connecticut
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
California State University
Utah State University