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Featured article: The role of length of maternity leave in supporting mother–child interactions and attachment security among American mothers and their infants

Maternity leave policies are linked to early childhood education and care policies, and the length of leave policies determines the need for early care programs. The length of maternity leave varies greatly among mothers in the U.S. because of the absence of a universal policy for paid leave. This study examined associations among length of maternity leave, mother–child interactions, and attachment among American working mothers and their infants.

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Article nominated in the Change the World campaign

The article Longitudinal research and early years policy development in the UK by Edward Melhuish has been nominated groundbreaking research that could help change the world. The paper presents the outcomes of key longitudinal studies that have contributed to substantial policy changes in Early Childhood Education and Care.

Society affiliation

The International Journal of Child Care and Educational Policy is affiliated with the Korea Institute of Child Care and Education and the National Institute for Early Education Research.

Thematic Series

New Content ItemLongitudinal studies in ECEC – challenges of translating research results into policy actions
Edited by Bernhard Kalicki, Namhee Woo and W. Steven Barnett

This collection highlights the potential of results obtained from longitudinal studies to inform about the impact of early child education and care on learning and development, and encourages their use for evidence based policy making.

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Aims and scope

This journal disseminates research and analysis regarding major issues of child care and education policy relating to young children and their families to a broad international readership, including policymakers, researchers, and practitioners. As a peer reviewed journal, it invites submission of articles concerning policy reforms, empirical research on early childhood education and care (ECEC), policy analyses and comparisons, and more.

This journal is a joint publication by Korea Institute of Child Care and Education (KICCE) and the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) since May 2013.

The publication costs for International Journal of Child Care and Education Policy are covered by Korea Institute of Child Care and Education, so authors do not need to pay an article-processing charge.

It publishes original and review papers, technical reports, case studies, conference reports, and government reports, including but not limited to the following fields:

• Assessment and evaluation of ECEC policy and programs
• ECEC curriculum and pedagogy
• Workforce qualifications and development of ECEC staff
• Financing ECEC services
• Regulations and standards of ECEC
• Family and community engagement
• Quality issues in ECEC
• Integration of education and care in ECEC
• Policy on diversity and social inclusion in ECEC
• International comparisons of ECEC policy

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