Videos and Resources

The Center for Early Childhood Education is committed to sharing useful resources with early childhood teachers, administrators, researchers, trainers, and policymakers. The Center is developing a large archive of video footage young children, early childhood professionals engaged in teaching, and interviews with experts that can be used for specific research or training uses. The Center makes some of these video clips available for free as streaming video below. The Center also makes these clips available on our YouTube channel and as downloadable video podcasts at iTunes U.

View an alphabetical list of all CECE videos.


Watch how toddlers and preschoolers  explore a topic in depth over several months while gaining critical skills. The following videos are available to date:

  • Investigating Going Green
  • Investigating Balls (Winner of a 2013 Telly Award!)
  • Investigating Nature
  • Investigating Trees
  • Investigating Containers
  • Investigating Pathways
  • Investigating Rocks

Inspiring Lessons

What We Learned From the Community Partners for Early Literacy Project

Hear about the lessons learned from a three-year Early Reading First initiative to improve the early literacy skills of over 500 preschool children in Windham, Connecticut. The Community Partners for Early Literacy (CPEL) project provided intensive professional development and in-classroom coaching to teachers and paraprofessionals in 14 preschool classrooms. The project also supported parents to enhance the home literacy environment. Inspiring Lessons shares some of the important lessons learned during the project about supporting early literacy, including:

  • Provide ongoing, differentiated professional development.
  • Invest in the professional development of paraprofessionals.
  • Use assessment to inspire change.
  • Involve families.
  • Inspire teachers to believe in children’s potential.

Watch Inspiring Lessons

Research Clips

Findings from the Center for Early Childhood Education

Research Clips illustrate findings from different studies conducted by the Center for Early Childhood Education. Watch the following Research Clips:


Educational Video Clips for Early Childhood Professionals

e-clips are brief, professional development videos that provide teachers and caregivers with research-based tips and ideas they can implement in their work to enhance children’s learning. Supplementing each e-clip are suggested readings, additional on-line resources, and discussion questions to support conversations within instructional teams or in staff meetings. The Center has released e-clips on the following topics to date:

  • Five predictors of early literacy (Winner of a 2010 Telly Award!)
  • Introducing technology to young children
  • Involving families
  • The importance of play (Winner of a 2011 Telly Award!)
  • Observing young children
  • Supporting children’s individual needs
  • Encouraging physical activity in preschoolers
  • Supporting English Language Learners
  • Using math talk with preschoolers to support learning

The Importance of Physical and Outdoor Play

In the summer of 2010, the Center for Early Childhood Education was awarded a contract from Head Start Body Start to conduct research on the benefits of physical and outdoor play for children from birth to age five. In addition to developing a comprehensive literature review and research-into-practice briefs for teachers and parents, the Center developed five video clips illustrating ways that adults can support and encourage active play in young children:

  • Supporting thinking and learning in infants and toddlers through active music and play experiences
  • Supporting physical development in infants and toddlers
  • Incorporating motor play in the preschool curriculum
  • Using an obstacle course to promote active outdoor play
  • Nurturing preschool children’s emotional health through active play


Guiding Young Children’s Behavior

Guiding Young Children’s Behavior provides current and future early childhood professionals with tools and strategies for guiding preschool children’s behavior in positive ways. The curriculum was originally made possible through the generous support of the U.S. Department of Defense for Project Navigate, a project to support the professional development of early childhood professionals in U.S. Navy child care centers. Video clips from the curriculum are now available on the following topics:

  • Fostering trusting relationships
  • Arranging the classroom
  • Selecting classroom materials and planning the schedule
  • Establishing classroom rules
  • Responding to behavior problems and resolving conflicts
  • Helping children identify and express emotions

Interviews with Early Childhood Education Experts

The Center has recorded a number of interviews with experts in early childhood education on a variety of topics. Each interview includes footage from preschool classrooms that demonstrate teaching and learning concepts. The Center has completed video interviews with the following individuals to date:

      • Dr. Theresa Bouley: Using literature to help children manage strong emotions
      • Dr. Kathryn Castle: Creating classroom rules with children
      • Dr. Patricia Ramsey: Cultural influences in children’s play
      • Dr. Carlota Schechter: Teaching children conflict resolution skills
      • Dr. Jeffrey Trawick-Smith: Creating classroom getaway spaces for children
      • Dr. Jeffrey Trawick-Smith: The importance of building positive relationships with young children

Family Reading Time

The Family Reading Time/La hora de lectura en familia video series was developed with support from the Windham Area Women and Girls Fund to provide multilingual families with tips for reading with young children. Specifically, the project provided training to multilingual families, including high school students, on the importance of continuing to read to children in their first language. Trainings also included information on dialogic reading strategies for fostering oral language during book reading. Watch as families read in English and Spanish using a variety of dialogic reading methods.

Early Childhood Insights

An audio podcast series

Early Childhood Insights is an audio podcast series that features interviews with experts on topics of interest to early childhood professionals and policymakers. The audio podcasts are longer than most of the Center’s video interviews and podcasts, and are designed to provide more in-depth information on certain topics. Audio podcasts include interviews with the following experts:

            • Dr. Douglas Clements:Using technology with young children in the early childhood classroom
            • Dr. Patricia Ramsey: Cultural differences in children’s play
            • Dr. Carlota Schechter: Teaching preschool children conflict resolution skills

Other Videos from the Center

Ready to Climb (7:43)
A documentary about how introducing two preschool climbing walls benefited both children and college students
Student Engagement at the Center for Early Childhood Education (8:22)
Interviews with Eastern students about their research and professional experiences at the Center

The Effects of Screen Time on Children From Birth to Age Five (45:36)

A “University Hour” presentation by Lisa Guernsey

Fun Mud Day (3:48)
A documentary about  Fun Mud Day, an obstacle course event held at the CFDRC.