August 10, 2007

In this Issue:

  1. New Products from the National Institute for Early Education Research
      Source: National Institute for Early Education Research - August 9, 2007
  2. New Podcast: Early Hearing Detection and Intervention: Can Your Baby Hear?
    (Detección auditiva e intervención tempranas: ¿puede oír su bebé?)

      Source: National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
  3. Research Findings: Children Who Complete Intensive Early Childhood Program Show Gains into Adulthood
      Source: National Institutes of Health - August 7, 2007

1. New Products from the National Institute for Early Education Research

Source: National Institute for Early Education Research - August 9, 2007

The following new resources from the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) are now available online:

  • The Effects of the New Mexico PreK Initiative on Young Children's School Readiness (2007), by Jason T. Hustedt, W. Steven Barnett, and Kwanghee Jung - This study looks at the effects of preschool education programs in New Mexico on entering kindergartners' academic skills. Researchers collected data on 886 children and found that children who attended the New Mexico preschool program showed greater improvement in early language, literacy and math development compared to children who did not. It is available at http://nieer.org/docs/index.php?DocID=183
  • Growing and Learning in Preschool - This five minute video shows the essential features of a high-quality preschool program and demonstrates: how a preschool curriculum based on solid research builds school and life-related skills, why well-qualified teachers are important, and how play is integrated into learning. It is available to be viewed in 3 parts at http://nieer.org/docs/index.php?DocID=65

2. New Podcast: Early Hearing Detection and Intervention: Can Your Baby Hear?
(Detección auditiva e intervención tempranas: ¿puede oír su bebé?)

Source: National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities

A recent podcast created by the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program at the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) and sponsored by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), discusses the importance of ensuring that every child receives a hearing screening as soon as possible after birth and provides ways for parents and health providers to find out if a child has a possible hearing loss and where to get more information.

To access the podcast in English go to http://www2a.cdc.gov/podcasts/player.asp?f=5834
To access the podcast in Spanish go to http://www2a.cdc.gov/podcasts/player.asp?f=5835

3. Research Findings: Children Who Complete Intensive Early Childhood Program Show Gains into Adulthood

Source: National Institutes of Health - August 7, 2007

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently highlighted the results of a 19 year follow-up study that looked at the long-term effects of the Child-Parent Center (CPC) program. The CPC program provided intensive instruction from pre-school through 3rd grade for children and job skills training, parenting skills training, educational classes and social services for their parents. Findings provide evidence that early education programs can have a wide range of positive effects into adulthood. To read the full press release go to http://www.nih.gov/news/pr/aug2007/nichd-07.htm

Full article citation: Reynolds, A. J., Temple, J. A., Ou, S.-R., Robertson, D. L., Mersky, J. P., and Topitzes, J. W. (2007). Effects of a school-based, early childhood intervention on adult health and well-being: A 19-year follow-up of low-income families. Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, 161(8), 730-739. The abstract is available at http://archpedi.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/full/161/8/730