August 13, 2009

In this Issue:

  1. Comment Request - IDEA Part C State Performance Plan (SPP) and Annual Performance Report (APR)
      Source: U.S. Department of Education - August 12, 2009
  2. Research Synthesis on Infant Mental Health and Early Care and Education Providers
      Source: Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning - August 6, 2009
  3. Assistive Technology Self-Assessment Results
      Source: Tots-n-Tech Research Institute - Retrieved August 12, 2009
  4. New NAEYC Tool on QRIS and Cultural Competence
      Source: National Association for the Education of Young Children - Retrieved August 12, 2009
  5. Tools for Advancing an Early Childhood Agenda for the Latino Community
      Source: National Council of La Raza - Retrieved August 12, 2009
  6. NAEYC Radio - Are We Playing it Too Safe?
      Source: National Association for the Education of Young Children - Retrieved August 12, 2009
  7. New Resource Brief on Home Visiting
      Source: MCH Alert - July 31, 2009

1. Comment Request - IDEA Part C State Performance Plan (SPP) and Annual Performance Report (APR)

Source: U.S. Department of Education - August 12, 2009

On August 12, 2009, the U.S. Department of Education published a new 30 day comment request for the IDEA Part C State Performance Plan (SPP) and Annual Performance Report (APR), which has recently been revised. Comments are due by September 11, 2009. The Federal Register notice is available at http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-19364.htm. The revised Indicator Measurement Table and an analysis of comments received to date are available at http://edicsweb.ed.gov/browse/browsecoll.cfm?pkg_serial_num=4033 (click on "Download Attachments").

2. Research Synthesis on Infant Mental Health and Early Care and Education Providers

Source: Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning - August 6, 2009

The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) recently published a research synthesis, entitled Infant Mental Health and Early Care and Education Providers (n.d.), to answer frequently asked questions that early childhood providers have about Infant Mental Health (IMH), early social and emotional development, and the IMH system. It is available online at http://www.vanderbilt.edu/csefel/pdf/rs_infant_mental_health.pdf

3. Assistive Technology Self-Assessment Results

Source: Tots-n-Tech Research Institute - Retrieved August 12, 2009

Early intervention (EI) professionals from across the country recently participated in an online self-assessment, using a tool developed by the Tots-n-Tech (TnT) Research Institute. The purpose of the self-assessment was to gather state and regional information on how EI programs are doing in making assistive technology (AT) and adaptations available for infants and toddlers with developmental delays or disabilities. Complete information about the self-assessment tool and state specific results are available on the TnT Web site at http://tnt.asu.edu. Resource briefs designed to assist states and EI agencies improve their use of AT in early intervention are available at http://tnt.asu.edu/practical-resources/briefs. Over the next five years, TnT plans to use the self-assessment tool annually to monitor state's use of AT.

4. New NAEYC Tool on QRIS and Cultural Competence

Source: National Association for the Education of Young Children - Retrieved August 12, 2009

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), with support from the A.L. Mailman Family Foundation, has undertaken the Quality Benchmark for Cultural Competence Project (QBCCP) to determine key elements of cultural competence for early childhood programs and ways to meaningfully integrate these elements within quality rating and improvement systems (QRIS) criteria. As part of the QBCCP, NAEYC has developed a new tool to help spark discussion and to serve as a guide to help early childhood programs respond to the needs of diverse children and families in a positive way. The document is available online at http://www.naeyc.org/files/naeyc/file/policy/state/QBCC_Tool.pdf

5. Tools for Advancing an Early Childhood Agenda for the Latino Community

Source: National Council of La Raza - Retrieved August 12, 2009

Young Latino children face many challenges in accessing high-quality early care and education programs. A new toolkit from the National Council of La Raza, New Leaders, New Directions: Tools for Advancing an Early Childhood Agenda for the Latino Community (2009), is designed to help early childhood education leaders develop effective strategies to ensure educational success for Latino and English language learner (ELL) children. It is available online at http://www.nclr.org/index.php/publications/

6. NAEYC Radio - Are We Playing it Too Safe?

Source: National Association for the Education of Young Children - Retrieved August 12, 2009

This month's NAEYC Radio segment featured Dr. Joe Frost, known as the contemporary father of play advocacy, who discussed how safety standards, the anxiety of adults and lawsuits are causing the demise of play, playgrounds and recess. He discussed the impact on children and proposed ways to reverse the trend. To listen to the segment online, go to http://www.naeyc.org/newsroom/NAEYCradio

Dr. Frost, Parker Centennial Professor Emeritus, was a faculty member and administrator at the University of Texas for 34 years. He has also received several awards, including the Doctor of Play award by the International Play Association (IPA/USA). He is also the author of several books, such as Play and Child Development.

7. New Resource Brief on Home Visiting

Source: MCH Alert - July 31, 2009

Home visitation programs offer family-centered services to pregnant mothers and families with infants and young children. A new resource brief from the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Library at Georgetown University contains a collection of resources about home visitation programs, including: an overview of the home visitation component of the president's FY 2010 budget proposal; testimonies and policy statements; research findings; state and local program guidelines; documents on program development, core competencies, supervision, and evaluation; curricula and training; and Webinars. Home Visiting: Resource Brief (2009) is available at http://mchlibrary.info/guides/homevisiting.html