December 4, 2009

In this Issue:

  1. Recalled! Stork Craft Drop-Side Cribs and Stork Craft Drop-Side Cribs with the Fisher-Price Logo
      Source: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission - November 23, 2009
  2. Policy Brief on Integrating Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation with the Pyramid Model
      Source: Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children - December 3, 2009
  3. Impact - Feature Issue on Early Childhood Education and Children with Disabilities
      Source: Institute on Community Integration - Retrieved December 3, 2009
  4. Two New Research Syntheses from the Center for Early Literacy Learning
      Source: Center for Early Literacy Learning - December 3, 2009
  5. Fact Sheet on Child Care and Development Block Grant Participation in 2008
      Source: Center for Law and Social Policy - December 3, 2009
  6. Surrogate Parents and Children with Disabilities: State-level Approaches
      Source: Project Forum - November 30, 2009

1. Recalled! Stork Craft Drop-Side Cribs and Stork Craft Drop-Side Cribs with the Fisher-Price Logo

Source: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission - November 23, 2009

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced the voluntary recall of more than 2.1 million Stork Craft drop-side cribs, including Stork Craft drop-side cribs with the Fisher-Price logo. Due to incidents of entrapment and suffocation, parents and caregivers have been urged to immediately stop using the recalled cribs. They should find an alternative, safe sleeping environment for their babies and should contact Stork Craft to receive a free repair kit that converts the drop-side on these cribs to a fixed side. They should not try to fix the crib by themselves. To read the full notice, see http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10046.html

2. Policy Brief on Integrating Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation with the Pyramid Model

Source: Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children - December 3, 2009

The Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children (TACSEI) has published a new policy brief, entitled Integrating Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation with the Pyramid Model (November 2009), by Deborah F. Perry & Roxane K. Kaufmann. The brief provides an overview of Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation and how it can support implementation of the Pyramid Model for promoting the social emotional competence of infants and young children. Policy issues that arise when administrators seek to integrate these two approaches at the state and local levels are also discussed. It is available online at http://www.challengingbehavior.org/do/resources/documents/brief_integrating.pdf

3. Impact - Feature Issue on Early Childhood Education and Children with Disabilities

Source: Institute on Community Integration - Retrieved December 3, 2009

The Institute on Community Integration, a federally designated University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), has recently published a feature issue of its newsletter, Impact, focused on inclusive early childhood education for young children with and without disabilities. In this issue, parents share their experiences with early childhood inclusion, researchers and practitioners discuss strategies for supporting quality early education experiences for young children with disabilities, and innovative inclusive early childhood programs from around the country describe their strategies and outcomes. To learn more go to http://ici.umn.edu/products/impact/221/default.html

4. Two New Research Syntheses from the Center for Early Literacy Learning

Source: Center for Early Literacy Learning - December 3, 2009

The Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL) has recently published the following two new practice-based research syntheses of early literacy learning studies:

5. Fact Sheet on Child Care and Development Block Grant Participation in 2008

Source: Center for Law and Social Policy - December 3, 2009

A new fact sheet from the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) shows that fewer children were served through the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) program in 2008 than in 2007. The fact sheet includes data on the ages of children receiving assistance, the types of child care settings used, and the reasons families receive assistance. For complete information, see Child Care and Development Block Grant Participation in 2008, available online at http://www.clasp.org/admin/site/publications/files/ccdbg-08-participation.pdf

6. Surrogate Parents and Children with Disabilities: State-level Approaches

Source: Project Forum - November 30, 2009

Project Forum at the National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE), in collaboration with the Legal Center for Foster Care and Education, has recently published a new policy brief entitled Surrogate Parents and Children with Disabilities: State-level Approaches (November, 2009), by Eve Müller. Survey responses from 41 State Departments of Education show that most states have issued policy or formal guidance pertaining to surrogate parents and children with disabilities, and most try to ensure that the educational decision making rights of biological and adoptive parents are preserved whenever possible. 12 states also report having a statewide surrogate parent program that addresses recruitment, training and retention of surrogates. The brief is available online at http://www.projectforum.org/docs/SurrogateParentsandChildrenwDisabilities-State-levelApproaches.pdf