In this Issue:
Source: CLASP - August 25, 2006
This new policy brief from the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) examines the latest data from the Program Information Reports (PIR) that all Head Start programs must submit to the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services. In 2005, Head Start served fewer children than in earlier years, however more families accessed an array of services, such as services related to substance abuse, child abuse or neglect, mental health, and English as a Second Language courses. Teacher education levels increased, but salaries remained the same. To read the report go to http://www.clasp.org/publications/hs_brief8.pdf
For data specific to the Early Head Start program, which serves children under age 3 and pregnant women, go to http://www.clasp.org/publications/HS_brief8_2005data.pdf
Source: NAEYC - August 25, 2006
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) recently released a new supplement to their Code of Ethical Conduct for Early Childhood Program Administrators. To access it online go to http://www.naeyc.org/about/positions/PSETH05_supp.asp
Source: Harvard Education Letter - July/August 2006
In the most recent issue of the Harvard Education Letter, Michael Sadowski examines why prekindergarten, not just preschool, may be the key to narrowing disparities in achievement by race, ethnicity, and income. To learn more go to http://www.edletter.org/current/readinessgap.shtml.
Source: Reading Rockets - August 25, 2006
Reading Rockets and Colorín Colorado have recently created one page parent tip sheets on how to help young children become happy, confident readers. The tip sheets are available in English, Spanish, Haitian Creole, Arabic, Russian, Traditional Chinese, Hmong, Vietnamese, Tagalog and Korean. To download free copies and share them in your communities go to http://www.readingrockets.org/article/7833
Reading Rockets is funded by a major grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. Colorín Colorado is a bilingual Web site developed by Reading Rockets for Spanish-speaking parents and educators of English language learners. It is now funded by a grant from the American Federation of Teachers.