June 20, 2008

In this Issue:

  1. Study Finds Teachers' Interactions with Children Critical Ingredient for Effective Pre-K Programs
      Source: University of Virginia - Retrieved June 17, 2008
  2. New Research Brief: The Temperament Task Orientation Cluster among Preschool Educators
      Source: National Early Childhood Transition Center - June 16, 2008
  3. Fact Sheets on 2006 Data for Head Start and Early Head Start Programs
      Source: Center for Law and Social Policy - June 18, 2008
  4. Building the Future of Family Involvement
      Source: Harvard Family Research Project - Retrieved June 16, 2008

1. Study Finds Teachers' Interactions with Children Critical Ingredient for Effective Pre-K Programs

Source: University of Virginia - Retrieved June 17, 2008

A new national study finds that pre-kindergarten programs for 4-year-olds are most beneficial when children experience instructionally and emotionally supportive interactions with their teachers. The study involved 2,439 children enrolled in 671 pre-k classrooms in 11 states. To read more about the findings go to http://www.virginia.edu/uvatoday/newsRelease.php?id=5217. A related article has been published in the May/June 2008 issue of Child Development.

Article citation: Mashburn, A., Pianta, R., Hamre, B., Downer, J., Barbarin, O., Bryant, D., Burchinal, D., & Howes, C. (2008). Measures of Classroom Quality in Prekindergarten and Children's Development of Academic, Language, and Social Skills. Child Development, 79(3), 732-749.

2. New Research Brief: The Temperament Task Orientation Cluster among Preschool Educators

Source: National Early Childhood Transition Center - June 16, 2008

The National Early Childhood Transition Center has released a new Research Brief entitled The Temperament Task Orientation Cluster among Preschool Educators. This Research Brief describes a study of preschool teacher temperament and potential implications of teacher temperament on children's transition and school adjustment. To view the report go to: http://www.ihdi.uky.edu/nectc/documents/researchBriefs/temperament_final.pdf

3. Fact Sheets on 2006 Data for Head Start and Early Head Start Programs

Source: Center for Law and Social Policy - June 18, 2008

The following two new fact sheets from the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) review the 2006 Program Information Report (PIR) data for all Head Start and Early Head Start Programs:

4. Building the Future of Family Involvement

Source: Harvard Family Research Project - Retrieved June 16, 2008

The Spring 2008 issue of the Harvard Family Research Project's Evaluation Exchange newsletter highlights future directions for the family involvement field in research, policy, and practice. It includes articles featuring innovative initiatives, new evaluation approaches and findings, and interviews with field leaders. For more information and to view the issue online go to http://www.hfrp.org/evaluation/the-evaluation-exchange/issue-archive/current-issue-building-the-future-of-family-involvement