January 11, 2008

In this Issue:

  1. Implementing Policies to Reduce the Likelihood of Preschool Expulsion
      Source: The Foundation for Child Development - January 10, 2008
  2. The Center for Early Literacy Learning Announces Successful State Applicants for Specialized Technical Assistance
      Source: Center for Early Literacy Learning - January 8, 2008
  3. Addition of Family Child Care as a Head Start and Early Head Start Program Option
      Source: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families - January 8, 2008
  4. Fact Sheet on Federally Funded Early Childhood Research Projects
      Source: ZERO TO THREE - January 8, 2008
  5. Recent Publications on Child Care and Early Head Start Programs
      Source: Center for Law and Social Policy - January 9, 2008

1. Implementing Policies to Reduce the Likelihood of Preschool Expulsion

Source: The Foundation for Child Development - January 10, 2008

A new policy brief, Implementing Policies to Reduce the Likelihood of Preschool Expulsion by Walter S. Gilliam, examines factors associated with expulsion from prekindergarten. The author specifically addresses those factors that may inform changes in policy that can be both implemented and regulated. It is available online at http://fcd-us.org/resources/implementing-policies-reduce-likelihood-preschool-expulsion.

This policy brief is a follow-up to the 2005 study Prekindergartners Left Behind: Expulsion Rates in State Prekindergarten Programs, which looked at expulsion rates by program setting, gender, race/ethnicity, and state.

2. The Center for Early Literacy Learning Announces Successful State Applicants for Specialized Technical Assistance

Source: Center for Early Literacy Learning - January 8, 2008

The Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL) is pleased to announce its plans to provide specialized technical assistance in 2008 to eight successful state applicants: Maine, Montana, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, and West Virginia. All of these states include among their goals building capacity to implement evidence-based early literacy learning practices in various early childhood settings including programs such as Part C, Part B/619, child care, and public and private preschool settings.

CELL is funded by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) to synthesize research on early literacy learning; identify, develop, and implement evidence-based practices; and provide general and specialized technical assistance promoting the adoption and sustained use of evidence-based early literacy learning practices. To learn more about CELL, please visit http://www.earlyliteracylearning.org

3. Addition of Family Child Care as a Head Start and Early Head Start Program Option

Source: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families - January 8, 2008

On January 8, 2008, the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families published the final rule implementing the addition of family child care as a Head Start and Early Head Start program option in the Federal Register. This regulation takes effect on February 7, 2008. For more information go to http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/E7-25462.htm

4. Fact Sheet on Federally Funded Early Childhood Research Projects

Source: ZERO TO THREE - January 8, 2008

A new fact sheet on the ZERO TO THREE Web site, Selected Federally Funded Early Childhood Research Projects, provides overview information on selected early childhood research projects funded by the federal government. It is available at http://www.zerotothree.org/site/DocServer/Federally_funded_ECD_research.pdf/21185391?docID=4661&verID=1

5. Recent Publications on Child Care and Early Head Start Programs

Source: Center for Law and Social Policy - January 9, 2008

The Center for Law and Social Policy recently released the following publications related to child care and Early Head Start programs: