October 17, 2008

In this Issue:

  1. Videos from WestEd's Forum on Meeting the Needs of Young Children Available Online
      Source: WestEd - Retrieved October 17, 2008
  2. New Paper Looks at the Role of Higher Education in Preparing Early Childhood Educators
      Source: Council For Professional Recognition - Retrieved October 14, 2008
  3. New Article on Effective Communication about Early Childhood Care and Education
      Source: ZERO TO THREE Policy Network - October 13, 2008
  4. 2008 Report on Children's Health in America - How Do States Compare?
      Source: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Commission to Build a Healthier America - October 8, 2008

1. Videos from WestEd's Forum on Meeting the Needs of Young Children Available Online

Source: WestEd - Retrieved October 17, 2008

In April 2008, WestEd held a forum entitled Meeting the Needs of Young Children The Importance of the Early Years to School Success. The forum included leading experts on brain development, assessment and standards, social and emotional development, and school readiness. Videos of all of the presentations are now available online at http://www.wested.org/cs/we/print/docs/1087

2. New Paper Looks at the Role of Higher Education in Preparing Early Childhood Educators

Source: Council For Professional Recognition - Retrieved October 14, 2008

Eight organizations have collaborated to publish a paper entitled Role, Relevance, Reinvention: Higher Education in the Field of Early Care and Education, by Valora Washington (2008). This paper looks at the preparation of early childhood educators and makes recommendations about the future role of higher education in preparing staff for the field of early care and education. It is available online at http://www.cdacouncil.org/pdf/Role_Relevance_Reinvention.pdf.

The signatory partners on this paper are the Aspire Institute, the CAYL Institute, the Council for Professional Recognition, the National Black Child Development Institute, the National Head Start Association, National-Louis University, Pre-K Now, and Wheelock College.

3. New Article on Effective Communication about Early Childhood Care and Education

Source: ZERO TO THREE Policy Network - October 13, 2008

The ZERO TO THREE Policy Network publishes a series of articles to help infant-toddler professionals successfully communicate with policymakers and the public about early childhood development. The latest article in this series, entitled Effective Communication about the Early Years: Strategies for Becoming a Better Communicator, is now available online at http://www.zerotothree.org/site/DocServer/FramingFive.pdf?docID=6241.

4. 2008 Report on Children's Health in America - How Do States Compare?

Source: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Commission to Build a Healthier America - October 8, 2008

A new report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Commission to Build a Healthier America, entitled America's Health Starts With Healthy Children: How Do States Compare?, shows that significant disparities exist in children's health between states, and between poor, middle- and upper-class families. It is available online at http://www.commissiononhealth.org/Documents/ChildrensHealth_Chartbook.pdf.