January 29, 2009

In this Issue:

  1. New Policy Brief on Linking Early Learning and the Early Grades - Lessons from the SPARK Initiative
      Source: Education Commission of the States - January 28, 2009
  2. Call for Manuscripts from the Division for Early Childhood (DEC)
      Source: Council for Exceptional Children, Division for Early Childhood - January 28, 2009
  3. "On the Go" Early Literacy Materials Now Available in Somali
      Source: Washington Learning Systems - January 27, 2009
  4. What Works Clearinghouse Updates Intervention Report on "Curiosity Corner"
      Source: What Works Clearinghouse, Institute of Education Sciences - Retrieved January 28, 2009

1. New Policy Brief on Linking Early Learning and the Early Grades - Lessons from the SPARK Initiative

Source: Education Commission of the States - January 28, 2009

The Education Commission of the States has published a new policy brief entitled, While no one was looking - Community-based solutions to linking early learning and the early grades: Implications for state policy. Lessons from the SPARK Initiative (2009), by Mimi Howard. SPARK (Supporting Partnerships to Assure Ready Kids) is a five-year initiative funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, which works to improve child outcomes by creating more continuity across early childhood and K-12 education. The report is available online at http://www.ecs.org/clearinghouse/79/41/7941.pdf

2. Call for Manuscripts from the Division for Early Childhood (DEC)

Source: Council for Exceptional Children, Division for Early Childhood - January 28, 2009

The Division for Early Childhood (DEC) at the Council for Exceptional Children is seeking manuscripts for its eleventh Young Exceptional Children (YEC) monograph, which will focus on Quality Inclusive Services in a Diverse Society. DEC especially encourages submissions of descriptions of evidence-based practices and information that can inform the practices of the diverse disciplines that provide early intervention (EI) and early childhood special education (ECSE) supports and services within a variety of inclusive settings. For more information go to http://www.dec-sped.org/Conference

3. "On the Go" Early Literacy Materials Now Available in Somali

Source: Washington Learning Systems - January 27, 2009

Washington Learning Systems has posted a Somali version of its free parent-child early literacy activities entitled "On the Go." These activities can be used outside the home (in the car, while walking, during bus rides) with children from birth through preschool. They were developed with support from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and are appropriate for children with disabilities, as well as children who are developing typically. They are available online at http://www.walearning.com/parent-tools/on-the-go/

4. What Works Clearinghouse Updates Intervention Report on "Curiosity Corner"

Source: What Works Clearinghouse, Institute of Education Sciences - Retrieved January 28, 2009

The What Works Clearinghouse has updated its early childhood intervention report on "Curiosity Corner," an early childhood curriculum emphasizing children's language and literacy skills. It comprises two sets of 38 weekly thematic units, one for three-year-olds and one for four-year-olds. The report is available online at http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/reports/early_ed/curious/index.asp