April 24, 2009

In this Issue:

  1. Grant Notice - MCH Autism Intervention Research
      Source: Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources & Services Administration - April 21, 2009
  2. Grant Notice - Center for Early Care and Education Research: Dual Language Learners
      Source: Department of Health and Human Resources, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation - April 23, 2009
  3. Findings from the Assuring Better Child Health and Development (ABCD) Screening Academy
      Source: National Academy for State Health Policy - Retrieved April 21, 2009
  4. CSEFEL Infant Toddler Training Modules Now Available in Spanish
      Source: Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) - April 24, 2009
  5. New Report On Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
      Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Retrieved April 24, 3009
  6. Webcast - Language and Literacy through Science
      Source: Office of Head Start - April 23, 2009
  7. Early Literacy Materials Now Available in Russian
      Source: Washington Learning Systems - April 22, 2009

1. Grant Notice - MCH Autism Intervention Research

Source: Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources & Services Administration - April 21, 2009

The following grant notice was recently published by the Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources & Services Administration:

2. Grant Notice - Center for Early Care and Education Research: Dual Language Learners

Source: Department of Health and Human Resources, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation - April 23, 2009

The Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) recently published the following grant notice:

3. Findings from the Assuring Better Child Health and Development (ABCD) Screening Academy

Source: National Academy for State Health Policy - Retrieved April 21, 2009

In 2007, 19 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia formed the Assuring Better Child Health and Development (ABCD) Screening Academy, with support from the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP). Their aim is to improve the identification of children with or at risk for developmental delays. NASHP has recently released the following new policy briefs, which examine some of the findings from the ABCD Screening Academy. They were produced with the support of the Commonwealth Fund.

  • State Policy Improvements that Support Effective Identification of Children At-Risk for Developmental Delay (March 2009)
    http://www.nashp.org/files/State_Policy.pdf
    Summarizes strategies used by ABCD Screening Academy members to improve state policies designed to support primary care providers' use of a validated developmental screening tool as part of well-child care. Examples include changing state statutes, regulations, contracts and provider manuals, and changing eligibility and claims processing systems.
  • State Strategies to Support Practice Changes that Improve Identification of Children at Risk for or with Developmental Delays (March 2009)
    http://www.nashp.org/files/State_Strategies.pdf
    Describes approaches used by ABCD Screening Academy members to support providers as they worked to improve developmental screening in primary care. Examples include serving as a trusted source of information, providing funding and direct support, and facilitating access to follow-up services.
  • Measurement to Support Effective Identification of Children at Risk for Developmental Delay (April 2009)
    http://www.nashp.org/files/screening_academy_results.pdf
    Examines the efforts of ABCD Screening Academy members to collect and use meaningful data in order to make the case for change, develop and refine training targeted to primary care provider needs, and assess whether changes had the intended effect.

4. CSEFEL Infant Toddler Training Modules Now Available in Spanish

Source: Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) - April 24, 2009

The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) recently announced a new Spanish version of its Promoting Social and Emotional Competence: Infant Toddler Training modules. These training modules include facilitator guides, trainer scripts, PowerPoint slides, participant handouts, and training video clips for supporting early care and education providers who work with children birth - 2 years old and their families. They can be downloaded for free at http://www.vanderbilt.edu/csefel/inftodd.html

5. New Report On Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Retrieved April 24, 3009

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published a new report, entitled A Call to Action: Advancing Essential Services and Research on FASDs. The report provides recommendations from the National Task Force on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Fetal Alcohol Effect on promoting and improving strategies to 1) reduce alcohol use and alcohol-exposed pregnancies and 2) improve early identification, diagnostic services, and research on interventions for children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs) and their families. The report is available online at http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/fasd/documents/08_121973CallActionBk+Cov.pdf. Additional materials from the CDC on FASDs are available at http:http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/fas/default.htm

6. Webcast - Language and Literacy through Science

Source: Office of Head Start - April 23, 2009

The Office of Head Start will be presenting a Webcast entitled Language and Literacy through Science on Wednesday, April 29, 2009, at 2 p.m. (ET). This webcast will explore various ways for teachers and parents to integrate science across early childhood learning experiences with an emphasis on young children's language and literacy. More information is available at http://www.fc-tv.com/clients/headstart/science/registration.asp

7. Early Literacy Materials Now Available in Russian

Source: Washington Learning Systems - April 22, 2009

Washington Learning Systems has just released its free "On-The-Go" parent-child early literacy activities in Russian. 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/.