June 19, 2009

In this Issue:

  1. Grant Notice - ARRA Funds for State Early Childhood Advisory Councils
      Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families - Retrieved June 19, 2009
  2. Podcast on Early Childhood Development and Public Policy
      Source: Cambridge Trust Company - Retrieved June 19, 2009
  3. Issue Brief - Quality Rating and Improvement Systems for a Multi-Ethnic Society
      Source: Build Initiative - Retrieved June 19, 2009
  4. New Brief Outlines Basic Concepts of Program Evaluation Research
      Source: Center for the Developing Child at Harvard University - June 15, 2009
  5. Research Findings - Father Involvement Related to Reductions in Infant Cognitive Delay
      Source: Child Trends - Retrieved June 15, 2009
  6. Recording of May 21, 2009 TACSEI Webinar Now Online
      Source: Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children - June 15, 2009

1. Grant Notice - ARRA Funds for State Early Childhood Advisory Councils

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families - Retrieved June 19, 2009

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families (ACF) recently announced the availability of $100,000,000 total funds made available by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) to be awarded to eligible States, Commonwealths and Territories to enable States to develop and implement a plan established by their State Advisory Council on Early Childhood Education and Care for children from birth to school entry (referred to as the State Advisory Council). The funding is for one-time startup grants to develop and implement State Advisory Council plans. These funds can be used over a three-year period. Applications may be submitted through August 1, 2010. To learn more go to http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/Program%20Design%20and%20Management/sac/state_advisory_councils.html

2. Podcast on Early Childhood Development and Public Policy

Source: Cambridge Trust Company - Retrieved June 19, 2009

As part of its "Cambridge Trust Thought Series," the Cambridge Trust Company has published a new, 22-minute podcast on early child development and public policy, featuring Jack Shonkoff, Director of the Center for the Developing Child at Harvard University. Dr. Shonkoff talks about the impact of early experience on brain development and discusses why healthy child development is the foundation of economic prosperity and strong communities. The podcast can be streamed for a limited time and is also available for download in MP3 format on the Cambridge Trust Company's Web site at https://www.cambridgetrust.com/trust/podcast.html

3. Issue Brief - Quality Rating and Improvement Systems for a Multi-Ethnic Society

Source: Build Initiative - Retrieved June 19, 2009

A new issue brief from the Build initiative, entitled Quality Rating and Improvement Systems for a Multi-Ethnic Society, by Charles Bruner with Aisha Ray, Michelle Stover Wright and Abby Copeman, discusses the following:

  • Why it is important to include cultural and linguistic responsiveness and anti-bias programming as aspects of early learning quality;
  • A content-analysis of common QRIS components with respect to how they include issues of diversity and support for English-language learners;
  • How states have included these issues in QRIS planning and development; and
  • Recommendations for how states can strengthen their QRIS rating components to be more culturally and linguistically competent and relevant.
It is available online at http://qrisnetwork.org/resource/2009/quality-rating-and-improvement-systems-multi-ethnic-society

4. New Brief Outlines Basic Concepts of Program Evaluation Research

Source: Center for the Developing Child at Harvard University - June 15, 2009

The Center for the Developing Child at Harvard University has published its third and final summary of scientific presentations from the National Symposium on Early Childhood Science and Policy, which was held on June 26 - 27, 2008. The new brief outlines basic concepts from four decades of program evaluation research that help to explain how society can provide children with a solid foundation for a productive future by implementing effective early childhood programs and policies. All three briefs in the series are now available on the Web site of the Center for the Developing Child at Harvard University at http://developingchild.harvard.edu/library/briefs/inbrief_series/

  • Brief #1: The Science of Early Childhood Development
  • Brief #2: The Impact of Early Adversity on Children's Development
  • Brief #3: Early Childhood Program Effectiveness

5. Research Findings - Father Involvement Related to Reductions in Infant Cognitive Delay

Source: Child Trends - Retrieved June 15, 2009

A new Child Trends study finds that father involvement in a range of activities is positively associated with infant cognitive development. Additionally, the study shows that father involvement has a greater likelihood of benefiting male infants and infants with a disability by reducing cognitive delay. Overall, these findings demonstrate the importance of fathers' roles in early infant outcomes. The report, Involvement Among Resident Fathers and Links to Infant Cognitive Outcomes by Jacinta Bronte-Tinkew, Jennifer Carrano, Allison Horowitz, and Akemi Kinukawa, can be accessed online at http://jfi.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/29/9/1211

6. Recording of May 21, 2009 TACSEI Webinar Now Online

Source: Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children - June 15, 2009

The Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children (TACSEI) recently published the recording of its May 21, 2009 Webinar, Implementing and Sustaining Effective Programs and Services that Promote Good Social, Emotional & Behavioral Outcomes for Young Children with Special Needs: Part 2. This TACSEI webinar is the second of two related webinars focused on state and program level implementation and sustainability of evidence-based practices. It can be accessed online at http://www.challengingbehavior.org/explore/webinars/5.21.09_tacsei_webinar.htm