June 26, 2009

In this Issue:

  1. Head Start 2007 State Profiles
      Source: Center for Law and Social Policy - June 23, 2009
  2. Policy Brief - Does Preschool Education Policy Impact Infant/Toddler Care?
      Source: National Institute for Early Education Research - Retrieved June 26, 2009
  3. Policy Analysis - Retention and Attrition of Local Special Education Directors
      Source: Project Forum - Retrieved June 26, 2009
  4. School Readiness Interactive - A New Web-Based, Interactive Learning Tool
      Source: ZERO TO THREE - Retrieved June 25, 2009

1. Head Start 2007 State Profiles

Source: Center for Law and Social Policy - June 23, 2009

The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) recently published individual state profiles showing 2007 data on programs, participants, families, and staff for Head Start programs in each state, including preschool, Early Head Start, American Indian and Alaskan Native Head Start, and Migrant or Seasonal Head Start. Profiles are also available for the six territories with Head Start and/or Early Head Start programs in 2007. State Profiles of 2007 Head Start Program Information Report (PIR) Data (2009) can be accessed online at http://www.clasp.org/issues/in_focus?type=child_care_and_early_education&id=0184

2. Policy Brief - Does Preschool Education Policy Impact Infant/Toddler Care?

Source: National Institute for Early Education Research - Retrieved June 26, 2009

The National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) recently published a new policy brief, entitled Does Preschool Education Policy Impact Infant/Toddler Care? (2009), by Debra J. Ackerman and W. Steven Barnett. This policy brief looks at the extent to which increasing public support for state pre-k programs has helped or hurt the provision of care for younger children. The authors provide recommendations for changes to preschool policies that would benefit infant/toddler care and avoid unintended negative consequences. The brief is available at http://nieer.org/docs/index.php?DocID=268

3. Policy Analysis - Retention and Attrition of Local Special Education Directors

Source: Project Forum - Retrieved June 26, 2009

Project Forum at the National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE) has published a new in-brief policy analysis, entitled Retention and Attrition of Local Special Education Directors (2009), by Eve Müller. This analysis describes the perceptions of state directors of special education about issues related to job turn-over and retention and attrition of local special education directors. The brief also suggests strategies for addressing these issues at both the state and local education agency level. It is available online at http://www.projectforum.org/docs/RetentionandAttritionofLocalSpecEdDirectors.pdf

4. School Readiness Interactive - A New Web-Based, Interactive Learning Tool

Source: ZERO TO THREE - Retrieved June 25, 2009

ZERO TO THREE has developed a new interactive learning tool that is designed to help parents and caregivers encourage young children's early learning and readiness for school. The tool includes:

  • Core information about how children develop school readiness skills and how these skills can be supported in young children.
  • Video clips of children learning these skills through everyday interactions with their parents.
  • Parent-child activities that can help children develop school readiness skills.
  • Answers to frequently asked questions about learning.
The tool can be accessed online at http://www.zerotothree.org/early-care-education/school-readiness-interactive/