September 19, 2008

In this Issue:

  1. New Report on the Impacts of Early Childhood Programs
      Source: Brookings Institution and First Focus - September 15, 2008
  2. RAND Report on Child-Care Quality Rating and Improvement Systems in Five States
      Source: The RAND Corporation - Retrieved September 18, 2008
  3. Working Paper on Workforce Development, Welfare Reform, and Child Well-Being
      Source: National Forum on Early Childhood Program Evaluation - Retrieved September 18, 2008
  4. Early Reading First Grants Awarded to 31 Recipients
      Source: U.S. Department of Education - September 18, 2008
  5. What Works Clearinghouse Releases Intervention Report on "Tools of the Mind"
      Source: What Works Clearinghouse, Institute of Education Sciences - September 16, 2008

1. New Report on the Impacts of Early Childhood Programs

Source: Brookings Institution and First Focus - September 15, 2008

The Brookings Institution and First Focus have published a new report entitled Impacts of Early Childhood Programs, which provides up-to-date evidence on the effectiveness of several early childhood programs and their impact on children and families. It includes a series of concise summary briefs for policy-makers on State Pre-K, Early Head Start, Head Start, Model Early Childhood Programs, and the Nurse Family Partnership. It is available at http://www.brookings.edu/~/media/Files/rc/papers/2008/09_early_programs_isaacs/09_early_programs_isaacs.pdf

2. RAND Report on Child-Care Quality Rating and Improvement Systems in Five States

Source: The RAND Corporation - Retrieved September 18, 2008

The Rand Corporation has published a new report entitled Child-Care Quality Rating and Improvement Systems in Five Pioneer States: Implementation Issues and Lessons Learned by Gail L. Zellman and Michal Perlman, which discusses the development and implementation of child-care quality rating and improvement systems (QRISs) in Oklahoma, Colorado, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. The authors examine lessons learned and provide recommendations for designing, implementing, and refining such systems. It is available at http://www.rand.org/pubs/monographs/MG795.html

A related research brief entitled Child-Care Quality Rating and Improvement Systems: What Can We Learn from Early Adopters? is available at http://www.rand.org/pubs/research_briefs/RB9377.html

3. Working Paper on Workforce Development, Welfare Reform, and Child Well-Being

Source: National Forum on Early Childhood Program Evaluation - Retrieved September 18, 2008

The National Forum on Early Childhood Program Evaluation, housed at the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, has published its first Working Paper entitled Workforce Development, Welfare Reform, and Child Well-Being. The paper summarizes recent evidence from a series of evaluations of family self-sufficiency programs showing that policies can successfully enhance both positive economic benefits for parents and positive educational benefits for their children. It is available online at http://www.developingchild.harvard.edu/content/downloads/Forum-WP1.pdf

4. Early Reading First Grants Awarded to 31 Recipients

Source: U.S. Department of Education - September 18, 2008

On September 18, 2008, U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings announced the award of over $106 million in Early Reading First grants to 31 recipients in 19 states and Washington, D.C. to improve the language and early literacy skills of young children. To read the full press release go to http://www2.ed.gov/news/pressreleases/2008/09/09182008a.html

5. What Works Clearinghouse Releases Intervention Report on "Tools of the Mind"

Source: What Works Clearinghouse, Institute of Education Sciences - September 16, 2008

The What Works Clearinghouse recently released an intervention report on "Tools of the Mind," an early childhood curriculum for preschool and kindergarten children designed to foster children's executive function, which involves developing self-regulation, working memory, and cognitive flexibility. It is available online at http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/reports/early_ed/tools/