January 23, 2009

In this Issue:

  1. Autism Legislation Database
      Source: National Conference of State Legislatures - Retrieved January 21, 2009
  2. New Report Discusses Benefits of Content-Rich Preschool Curriculum
      Source: Albert Shanker Institute - Retrieved January 20, 2009
  3. Webinar: Focusing on Infants and Toddlers in State Advisory Councils on Early Childhood Education and Care
      Source: ZERO TO THREE and the National Governors Association - Retrieved January 22, 2009
  4. Resources in Spanish on the Child Welfare Information Gateway
      Source: Child Welfare Information Gateway - Retrieved January 23, 2009

1. Autism Legislation Database

Source: National Conference of State Legislatures - Retrieved January 21, 2009

A new online Autism Legislation Database, developed by the National Conference of State Legislatures, provides information about autism legislation introduced in the 50 states and the District of Columbia from the 2008 legislative session to present. It can be searched by state, topic, key word, year, status or primary sponsor. Topics covered include awareness, education, financing, health and human services, infrastructure, insurance, professional training, and screening. To access the database, go to http://www.ncsl.org/IssuesResearch/Health/AutismLegislationDatabase/tabid/14109/Default.aspx

2. New Report Discusses Benefits of Content-Rich Preschool Curriculum

Source: Albert Shanker Institute - Retrieved January 20, 2009

A recent report from the Albert Shanker Institute discusses the benefits of aligning preschool curriculum with new research about how children learn in the academic areas of oral language, pre-literacy, mathematics, and science. It provides guidance on appropriate accomplishments for pre-k children, effective instructional practices, components of a strong curriculum, and working with English language learners. To view the full report go to http://www.ashankerinst.org/Downloads/Early%20Childhood%2012-11-08.pdf

3. Webinar: Focusing on Infants and Toddlers in State Advisory Councils on Early Childhood Education and Care

Source: ZERO TO THREE and the National Governors Association - Retrieved January 22, 2009

The ZERO TO THREE Policy Center and the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices are co-sponsoring a webinar on January 29, 2009, at 2 pm EST focused on the inclusion of infants and toddlers in State Advisory Councils on Early Childhood Education and Care. To learn more and to register for the event go to http://www.zerotothree.org/site/PageServer?pagename=pub_webinars

4. Resources in Spanish on the Child Welfare Information Gateway

Source: Child Welfare Information Gateway - Retrieved January 23, 2009

The Child Welfare Information Gateway recently launched a new Resources in Spanish section on its Web site. It includes a glossary of English-to-Spanish and Spanish-to-English child welfare terms, as well as topically organized resources on: child abuse and neglect; preventing and responding to child abuse and neglect; supporting and preserving families; out-of-home care; and adoption. It is available at http://www.childwelfare.gov/spanish/