October 31, 2008

In this Issue:

  1. Draft Position Statement on Early Childhood Inclusion - Feedback Requested
      Source: National Professional Development Center on Inclusion - October 30, 2008
  2. Materials from the Economic Summit on Early Childhood Investment
      Source: America's Partnership for Economic Success and the Telluride Foundation - Retrieved October 27, 2008
  3. Early Childhood Developments in the States
      Source: National Governors Association, Center for Best Practices - October 30, 2008
  4. Video Series - Building Blocks for Hispanic Outreach and Service
      Source: Administration for Children and Families, Office of Head Start - October 27, 2008
  5. Head Start 2008 Innovation and Improvement Project Grants
      Source: Administration for Children and Families, Office of Head Start - October 29, 2008
  6. New Report on the Military Child Care System
      Source: RAND Corporation - Retrieved October 27, 2008

1. Draft Position Statement on Early Childhood Inclusion - Feedback Requested

Source: National Professional Development Center on Inclusion - October 30, 2008

The National Professional Development Center on Inclusion (NPDCI) is coordinating a collaborative process to develop a joint position statement on early childhood inclusion by the Division for Early Childhood (DEC) and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). NPDCI is seeking feedback on the draft position statement from diverse national audiences through the use of a seven question survey. The draft statement and survey are available online at http://community.fpg.unc.edu/resources/articles/Early_Childhood_Inclusion.

2. Materials from the Economic Summit on Early Childhood Investment

Source: America's Partnership for Economic Success and the Telluride Foundation - Retrieved October 27, 2008

Presentations from the Second Annual Telluride Economic Summit on Early Childhood Investment, hosted by America's Partnership for Economic Success and the Telluride Foundation on September 21-23, 2008 in Telluride, CO are now available online. Presenters looked at how investing in young children promotes a stronger economy and a healthier, more stable future generation of adults. Presentations are available at http://www.partnershipforsuccess.org/index.php?id=36

3. Early Childhood Developments in the States

Source: National Governors Association, Center for Best Practices - October 30, 2008

The National Governors Association's Center for Best Practices recently released the Fall 2008 edition of Bright Futures: Early Childhood Developments in the States, which includes highlights of 12 states that have received grants to support the development of an Early Childhood Advisory Council and announcements of other state early childhood system developments. It is available online at http://www.nga.org/Files/pdf/0810BRIGHTFUTURESNEWS.PDF

4. Video Series - Building Blocks for Hispanic Outreach and Service

Source: Administration for Children and Families, Office of Head Start - October 27, 2008

A video series from the Office of Head Start entitled Building Blocks for Hispanic Outreach and Service is now available online at http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/resources/cinema/Building Blocks for Hispanic Outreach and Service/. The series is available in both English and Spanish. It consists of a viewer's guide and the following four 15-minute videos, which are of interest to governing bodies, program administrators, staff, parents, and community partners:

  • The Hispanic Population in the United States
  • Understanding the Hispanic Community in Your Area
  • Meeting the Needs of Hispanic Families
  • Meeting the Needs of Hispanic Children

5. Head Start 2008 Innovation and Improvement Project Grants

Source: Administration for Children and Families, Office of Head Start - October 29, 2008

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Head Start (OHS) has awarded 28 Innovation and Improvement Project grants that address the promotion of promising practices in Head Start programs. The goal of these grants is to develop new concepts, products, practices, and projects related to important priorities and needs in the following areas:

  • The National Center for Physical Development and Outdoor Play
  • Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
  • Healthcare Literacy
  • Effective Mental Health Consultation for Head Start Children and Parents
  • Effective Inclusion of Children with Disabilities in Head Start Programs
  • Infant-Toddler Early Childhood Online Degree Program
  • Open Category Awards
For a full description of the grants go to
http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/Program Design and Management/Fiscal/Grant Award Process/Grant Awardees/2008_IIP_award.html

6. New Report on the Military Child Care System

Source: RAND Corporation - Retrieved October 27, 2008

The RAND Corporation recently released a report entitled Options for Improving the Military Child Care System, by Gail L. Zellman, Susan M. Gates, Michelle Cho, and Rebecca Shaw. The authors provide an overview of the U.S. military child care system and suggest options that could potentially better meet both Department of Defense and family needs. It is available online at http://www.rand.org/pubs/occasional_papers/OP217/