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.

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Institute Background

The 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.

 

Institute Investigations

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.


Research Sites

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.


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Printable Materials

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

Bibliographies


Resource Materials

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Institute Investigators

Researchers at five institutions throughout the United States collaborated in the conduct of the research studies.

Orelena Hawks Puckett Institute (Morganton, NC)

Address:
Orelena Hawks Puckett Institute
128 S. Sterling Street
Morganton, NC 28655
Phone:
828-432-0065
800-824-1174
Fax:
828-432-0068

Carl J. Dunst, Ph.D.
Principal Investigator
dunst@puckett.org

Carol M. Trivette, Ph.D.
Investigator

Melinda Raab, Ph.D.
Investigator
raab@puckett.org

University of Connecticut

Address:
University of Connecticut Health Center
Child and Family Studies
The Exchange MC -- 6222
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030
Phone:
860-679-1500
Fax:
860-679-1571
Mary Beth Bruder, Ph.D.
Co-Principal Investigator
bruder@nso1.uchc.edu

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

Address:
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
Dept. of Exceptional Education
P.O. Box 413
Milwaukee, WI 53201
Phone:
414-229-2213
Fax:
414-229-5500
Mary McLean, Ph.D.
Investigator
mmclean@uwm.edu

California State University

Address:
California State University
6000 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95819
Phone:
916-278-6393
Fax:
916-278-7520
J. Ann Moylan, Ph.D.
Investigator
moylan@csus.edu

Utah State University

Address:
Early Intervention Research Institute
Utah State University
6580 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322
Phone:
435-797-3346
Fax:
435-797-2019
Richard N. Roberts, Ph.D.
Investigator
richard.roberts@usu.edu.