October 23, 2009

In this Issue:

  1. State Early Care and Education Public Policy Developments (FY2010)
      Source: National Association for the Education of Young Children - October 20, 2009
  2. Revised NAEYC Early Childhood Professional Preparation Standards
      Source: National Association for the Education of Young Children - October 21, 2009
  3. Resources for the Public on Autism Spectrum Disorders
      Source: National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders - Retrieved October 22, 2009
  4. Votes Count: Annual Report on State Legislative Action on Pre-K, Fiscal Year 2010
      Source: Pre-K Now - October 22, 2009
  5. Creative State Financing Structures for Infant-Toddler Services
      Source: ZERO TO THREE and the Ounce of Prevention Fund - Retrieved October 23, 2009
  6. Head Start 2008 State Fact Sheets
      Source: Center for Law and Social Policy - October 22, 2009

1. State Early Care and Education Public Policy Developments (FY2010)

Source: National Association for the Education of Young Children - October 20, 2009

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) has published its annual report, State Early Care and Education Public Policy Developments (FY10), which shows that despite growing budget deficits during FY09, stimulus funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) are providing opportunities for states to avoid cuts to certain early childhood programs and fund some new or expanded initiatives. Governors and state legislatures have approved policy changes for FY10 in areas such as: infant/toddler initiatives, professional development, and child care subsidies. To read the full report, go to http://www.naeyc.org/files/naeyc/file/policy/state/StateECEPublicPolicyDevelopmentsFY10.pdf

2. Revised NAEYC Early Childhood Professional Preparation Standards

Source: National Association for the Education of Young Children - October 21, 2009

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) has revised its Standards for Early Childhood Professional Preparation Programs, which are designed for use in higher education accreditation systems, state policy development, and a variety of professional development programs. They are available online at http://www.naeyc.org/files/naeyc/file/positions/ProfPrepStandards09.pdf

The NAEYC Commission on Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education will review the standards in the fall of 2010. Revisions to accreditation materials will take place in 2011, after which higher education programs will be expected to meet the new standards.

3. Resources for the Public on Autism Spectrum Disorders

Source: National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders - Retrieved October 22, 2009

The National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders has posted a number of resources for the public on their Web site, including: (1) Evidence-Based Practices for Children and Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders; (2) Autism Internet Modules; and (3) Foundations of Autism Spectrum Disorders Online Course content. To learn more, go to http://autismpdc.fpg.unc.edu/

The National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders is a multi-university center, funded through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs to promote the use of evidence-based practices for children and youth with autism spectrum disorders.

4. Votes Count: Annual Report on State Legislative Action on Pre-K, Fiscal Year 2010

Source: Pre-K Now - October 22, 2009

Pre-K Now has released its annual report, Votes Count: Legislative Action on Pre-K, Fiscal Year 2010. The report looks at how each state is funding pre-k, which states are leading the effort to provide high-quality programs, funding strategies states are using, which states are making the largest cuts and the likely effects of those cuts, and how states are using stimulus funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to help fund early childhood programs. It is available online at http://www.preknow.org/documents/LegislativeReport_Oct2009.pdf

5. Creative State Financing Structures for Infant-Toddler Services

Source: ZERO TO THREE and the Ounce of Prevention Fund - Retrieved October 23, 2009

A new joint paper from ZERO TO THREE and the Ounce of Prevention Fund looks at innovative financing structures being used to support services for at-risk infants and toddlers in Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska, and Oklahoma that provide lessons for other states. The paper discusses key policy elements that cut across all four states and provides recommendations for the establishment of financing structures that support high-quality programs for infants and toddlers. Inspiring Innovation: Creative State Financing Structures for Infant-Toddler Services (2009) is available online at http://www.zerotothree.org/site/DocServer/Ounce_brief_Oct6B.pdf?docID=9642

6. Head Start 2008 State Fact Sheets

Source: Center for Law and Social Policy - October 22, 2009

The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) recently published state fact sheets analyzing Head Start Program Information Report (PIR) data for 2008. Each fact sheet includes all Head Start programs in the state (Early Head Start, Head Start preschool, American Indian and Alaskan Native Head Start, and Migrant/Seasonal Head Start), as well as data on participants, families, staff, and programs.

To read the fact sheet for your state or community, go to http://www.clasp.org/in_the_states/
To view the national fact sheet, go to http://www.clasp.org/admin/site/publications/files/headstartdata2008us.pdf