The overall purpose of building the “Kids in Taiwan: National Longitudinal Study of Child Development and Care” database is to build a complete database with accurate data and contemporary and local cultural meanings containing longitudinal data of children aged 0~8 years. The four main goals are summarized below:
- 1. To investigate the development processes and changes of children aged 0~8 years in Taiwan in health, cognitive linguistics, social emotions, body movements, conditions of their home and educare environments, and the long-term influences of their home and educare environments on their development;
- 2. To make comparisons with foreign studies in order to explore the differences in development trends, development changes, and environment experiences between children in Taiwan and children in other countries, for the purpose of further understanding of the essence of human development;
- 3. To offer the government references for making policies in relation to children’s health, welfare, family, daycare, and early intervention; and
- 4. To gradually release the data collected by this project to serve the purpose of data sharing.