This E.D. TAB presents findings about children's biological fathers from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Birth Cohort (ECLS-B), a nationally representative study of young children, their families, and their early care and education environments. The need to better understand the role that fathers play in promotingtheir children's health and education has been recognized and the ECLS-B has been viewed as an important tool to examine specific roles fathers play in children's development and well-being.
The ECLS-B is one of the first nationally representative studies of children in the United States to collect information directly from fathers. In the ECLS-B, children's resident and nonresident fathers completed short self-administered questionnaires responding to questions about themselves, their attitudes about fatherhood, and their involvement with their children.
The purpose of this E.D. TAB is to introduce new NCES survey data through the presentation of selecteddescriptive information. The selected findings are examples of statements that can be made using the data and are not designed to emphasize any particular issue. Release of this E.D. TAB is intended to encourage more in-depth analysis of the data, using more sophisticated statistical methods. (Author abstract modified)
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