August 25, 2006

In this Issue:

  1. More than Meets the Eye: Head Start Programs, Participants, Families, and Staff in 2005
      Source: CLASP - August 25, 2006
  2. New Supplement to NAEYC's Code of Ethical Conduct for Early Childhood Program Administrators
      Source: NAEYC - August 25, 2006
  3. The School Readiness Gap
      Source: Harvard Education Letter - July/August 2006
  4. Tips for Parents of Preschoolers in Multiple Languages
      Source: Reading Rockets - August 25, 2006

1. More than Meets the Eye: Head Start Programs, Participants, Families, and Staff in 2005

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

2. New Supplement to NAEYC's Code of Ethical Conduct for Early Childhood Program Administrators

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

3. The School Readiness Gap

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.

4. Tips for Parents of Preschoolers in Multiple Languages

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.