March 6, 2009

In this Issue:

  1. Online Discussion Today! Maximizing Resources from the Stimulus Package
      Source: National Professional Development Center on Inclusion - March 6, 2009
  2. Online Video Illustrates Developmentally Appropriate Practice
      Source: National Association for the Education of Young Children - Retrieved March 3, 2009
  3. Grant Notices - Early Reading First Program
      Source: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education - March 3, 2009
  4. New Report on Strengthening State-based Home Visiting Programs through State Leadership
      Source: National Center for Children in Poverty - March 5, 2009
  5. New Early Childhood Publications from the Center for Law and Social Policy
      Source: Center for Law and Social Policy - March 4, 2009
  6. National Audioconference Series on Homelessness and How it Affects Infants, Toddlers, and Their Families
      Source: Early Head Start National Resource Center - March 6, 2009
  7. Study Shows Over Half of Extremely Premature Babies Have Learning Disabilities By Age Eleven
      Source: Science Daily - March 11, 2009

1. Online Discussion Today! Maximizing Resources from the Stimulus Package

Source: National Professional Development Center on Inclusion - March 6, 2009

Today (March 6, 2009) the National Professional Development Center on Inclusion (NPDCI) and Ann Mitchell, former President of NAEYC, are hosting an all-day online discussion on how states can use new monies in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to advance a state Quality Rating Improvement System. No registration is required and you can join the discussion at anytime by going to http://community.fpg.unc.edu/discussions/blog-speaking-of-inclusion/maximizing-resources-from-the-stimulus-package [Note: This item is no longer available online.]

In addition, NPDCI has released a new paper, entitled Why Program Quality Matters for Early Childhood Inclusion: Recommendations for Professional Development, which advocates for the need to link early childhood program quality and professional development, with a particular focus on how this topic relates to early childhood inclusion. It is available online at http://npdci.fpg.unc.edu/resources/articles/npdci-quality-paper

2. Online Video Illustrates Developmentally Appropriate Practice

Source: National Association for the Education of Young Children - Retrieved March 3, 2009

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) has developed a 53-minute online video that illustrates developmentally appropriate practices in action. The video demonstrates teachers and children interacting in a classroom and provides input from experts on the practices being observed. It is available at http://www.naeyc.org/DAP/resources

3. Grant Notices - Early Reading First Program

Source: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education - March 3, 2009

On March 3, 2009, the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Elementary and Secondary Education published an announcement in the Federal Register inviting applications for FY 2009 Early Reading First Program awards - CFDA#s 84.359A and B. This program supports local efforts to enhance the oral language, cognitive, and early reading skills of preschool-aged children, especially those from low-income families, through strategies, materials, and professional development that are grounded in scientifically based reading research.

Applications Available: March 3, 2009.
Deadline for Transmittal of Pre-Applications: April 2, 2009.
Deadline for Transmittal of Full Applications: June 16, 2009.
URL: For complete information go to http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/announcements/2009-1/030309c.html

4. New Report on Strengthening State-based Home Visiting Programs through State Leadership

Source: National Center for Children in Poverty - March 5, 2009

A new report from the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP), entitled State-based Home Visiting: Strengthening Programs through State Leadership, by Kay Johnson, describes the results of a survey and a roundtable discussion about state-based home visiting programs. It is meant to help inform the field about the following two questions:

(1) Are states investing in home visiting in ways that promote improved outcomes for young children?
(2) How, in this context, do they meet the needs of those facing the greatest social and developmental risks?

It is available online at http://www.nccp.org/publications/pub_862.html

5. New Early Childhood Publications from the Center for Law and Social Policy

Source: Center for Law and Social Policy - March 4, 2009

The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) recently published the following new publications related to early childhood care and development:

  • Comprehensive Services: Research-Based Rationale, by Elizabeth Hoffmann - http://s242739747.onlinehome.us/publications/cp_rationale12.pdf - As part of the Charting Progress for Babies in Child Care project, this rationale presents research on factors that put babies and toddlers at risk for unhealthy development and the benefits of comprehensive health, mental health, and family support services. It also examines how state policies can improve care for babies.
  • Providing Information on Infant/Toddler Child Care: Research-Based Rationale, by Hannah Matthews - http://www.clasp.org/admin/site/publications/files/0461.pdf - As part of the Charting Progress for Babies in Child Care project, this rationale presents research on parents' access to information on quality child care and subsidies, as well as barriers faced by low-income, immigrant, and limited English proficient (LEP) families. It also examines how state policies can improve care for babies.
  • CCDBG: What's in the law? - http://s242739747.onlinehome.us/publications/ccdbginbrief.pdf - This brief discusses the federal requirements states must follow in designing their child care programs and spending Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) funds.

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6. National Audioconference Series on Homelessness and How it Affects Infants, Toddlers, and Their Families

Source: Early Head Start National Resource Center - March 6, 2009

The Early Head Start National Resource Center is conducting a two-part national audioconference series that will address homelessness, how it affects expectant families and infants, toddlers, and their families, and how programs can respond. To learn more and to register for the calls go to http://www.ehsnrc.org/Activities/AudioConferences.htm

PART 1, Providing a Safe Haven to Expectant Families and Infants, Toddlers and Their Families in Your Program, will air March 25, 2009 2:00 - 3:30 pm EST. The registration deadline is March 16, 2009

PART 2, Creating Safe Havens through Community Connections: Serving Expectant Families and Infants, Toddlers and Their Families in Your Community, will air May 13, 2009 2:00 - 3:30 pm EST. The registration deadline is May 4, 2009.

7. Study Shows Over Half of Extremely Premature Babies Have Learning Disabilities By Age Eleven

Source: Science Daily - March 11, 2009

A recent British study found that children born extremely prematurely are at high risk of developing learning difficulties. Of 219 children born below 26 weeks gestation, the resarch team found that almost two thirds demonstrated learning disabilities by the time they reached age eleven and required additional support at school. The researchers used standardised tests of cognitive ability and academic attainment, and teacher reports of school performance and special educational needs. To read more go to http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/03/090311183156.htm.