April 29, 2005

In this Issue:

  1. Newly Approved NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards and Accreditation Performance Criteria
      Source: NAEYC - Retrieved April 29, 2005
  2. Head Start Graduate Student Research Partnership Development Grants
      Source: Federal Register: April 25, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 78)
  3. New Position Statement on Preschool Literacy
      Source: International Reading Association - Retrieved April 29, 2005
  4. NIEER Early Childhood Education Testimony
      Source: NIEER - April 21, 2005

1. Newly Approved NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards and Accreditation Performance Criteria

Source: NAEYC - Retrieved April 29, 2005

The NAEYC Governing Board has approved the new NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards and Accreditation Performance Criteria ... Collectively, the ten recommended early childhood program standards represent essential, interlocking elements of high-quality programs for all children from birth through kindergarten. "All children" means all; it includes children with developmental delays and disabilities; children whose families are culturally and linguistically diverse; and children from diverse socio-economic groups. It also recognizes that all children have individual learning styles, strengths, and needs ... To read the newly approved standards and criteria go to http://www.naeyc.org/academy/

2. Head Start Graduate Student Research Partnership Development Grants

Source: Federal Register: April 25, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 78)

The purpose of this announcement is to report the availability of funds for Head Start Graduate Student Research Grants to support field- initiated research activities in partnership with Head Start programs.

Due Date for Letter of Intent or Preapplications: June 3, 2005.
Due Date for Applications: Application is due June 24, 2005.
For complete information go to http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/05-8220.htm

3. New Position Statement on Preschool Literacy

Source: International Reading Association - Retrieved April 29, 2005

The International Reading Association recently released a position statement on preschool literacy entitled Literacy Development in the Preschool Years. The position statement highlights:

  • The importance of preschool
  • The nature of language development and literacy-based instruction in quality preschools
  • What to aim for in preschool teachers' preparation and professional development
  • Recommendations for preschool educators, early childhood and elementary educators, public school boards, teacher educators, policymakers, and community leaders
The complete position statement can be accessed online at http://www.reading.org/downloads/positions/ps1066_preschool.pdf

4. NIEER Early Childhood Education Testimony

Source: NIEER - April 21, 2005

National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) Director W. Steven Barnett's testimony to the House Subcommittee on Education Reform Hearing on Early Childhood Education: Improvement Through Integration is available online at http://nieer.org/resources/hottopics/BarnettTestimony042105.pdf