January 25, 2008

In this Issue:

  1. The Timing and Quality of Early Experiences Combine to Shape Brain Architecture
      Source: National Scientific Council on the Developing Child - January 25, 2008
  2. New Reports from the National Center for Children in Poverty
      Source: National Center for Children in Poverty - January 25, 2008
  3. Desired Family Outcomes of the Early Childhood Transition Process
      Source: National Early Childhood Transition Center - January 18, 2008
  4. Tangible Steps Toward Tomorrow: New Designs for Early Education, Ages 0-8
      Source: W.K. Kellogg Foundation - Retrieved January 23, 2008
  5. Early Childhood Program Evaluations: A Decision-Makerís Guide
      Source: Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University - Retrieved January 25, 2008

1. The Timing and Quality of Early Experiences Combine to Shape Brain Architecture

Source: National Scientific Council on the Developing Child - January 25, 2008

A new working paper from the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child (NSCDC) summarizes the most recent scientific advances in understanding the importance of sensitive periods on brain development, and the implications of those findings for policy. A pre-publication copy is available online at http://www.developingchild.net/pubs/wp/Timing_Quality_Early_Experiences.pdf

2. New Reports from the National Center for Children in Poverty

Source: National Center for Children in Poverty - January 25, 2008

The National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) has recently published the following two new reports:

3. Desired Family Outcomes of the Early Childhood Transition Process

Source: National Early Childhood Transition Center - January 18, 2008

The National Early Childhood Transition Center (NECTC) has published a new research brief describing critical family outcomes to be considered when designing transition services for young children. It is available online at http://www.ihdi.uky.edu/nectc/Documents/PRESENTATIONS/What's%20New%20Blurbs/familyoutcomes%20(2).pdf

Full citation: Harbin, G., Rous, B., Peeler, N, Schuster, J. & McCormick, K (2007). Desired family outcomes of the early childhood transition process, NECTC Research Brief #5. Lexington, KY: National Early Childhood Transition Center.

4. Tangible Steps Toward Tomorrow: New Designs for Early Education, Ages 0-8

Source: W.K. Kellogg Foundation - Retrieved January 23, 2008

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) has recently announced a new publication entitled, Tangible Steps Toward Tomorrow; New Designs for Early Education, Ages 0-8, which provides a set of ideas or "thought-starters" on transforming early education to ensure school readiness and success for the next generation. It is available at http://www.wkkf.org/default.aspx?tabid=101&CID=168&CatID=168&ItemID=5000407&NID=20&LanguageID=0

5. Early Childhood Program Evaluations: A Decision-Makerís Guide

Source: Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University - Retrieved January 25, 2008

A new guide from the National Forum on Early Childhood Program Evaluation has been developed to help decision-makers be better prepared to interpret data about whether or not a specific early childhood program is effective and worth investing in. It is available online at http://www.developingchild.harvard.edu/content/downloads/Decision_Guide.pdf

The National Forum on Early Childhood Program Evaluation is a collaborative project involving Harvard University, Northwestern University, Georgetown University, University of Wisconsin, University of Nebraska, Columbia University, and Johns Hopkins University.