January 22, 2010

In this Issue:

  1. "The Heckman Equation" - Highlighting the Importance of Investing in Early Care and Education
      Source: The Heckman Equation Project - Retrieved January 19, 2010
  2. Fact Sheet - Who Are America's Poor Children? The Official Story
      Source: National Center for Children in Poverty - January 21, 2010
  3. Race to the Top Competition - News from the U.S. Department of Education
      Source: U.S. Department of Education - January 19, 2010
  4. Products for Practitioners from the Center on Everyday Child Language Learning
      Source: Center on Everyday Child Language Learning - January 20, 2010
  5. On-Line Technical Assistance Materials on Early Literacy Practices for Young Children
      Source: Center for Early Literacy Learning - January 21, 2010
  6. New Web site from the American Academy of Pediatrics on Child Health and Parenting Issues
      Source: American Academy of Pediatrics - Retrieved January 21, 2010
  7. FAQ: Using Title I of ESEA for Early Education
      Source: Center for Law and Social Policy - January 21, 2010

1. "The Heckman Equation" - Highlighting the Importance of Investing in Early Care and Education

Source: The Heckman Equation Project - Retrieved January 19, 2010

The Heckman Equation Project has a Web site featuring Nobel prize-winning economist James Heckman's work to better understand the long-term benefits of investing in early care and education for disadvantaged children and their families. It includes a slideshow on "The Heckman Equation" and a variety of tools, videos, videos in Spanish, and speeches highlighting the long-term gains to be had by investing in early and equal development of human potential. To learn more, go to http://www.heckmanequation.org/.

2. Fact Sheet - Who Are America's Poor Children? The Official Story

Source: National Center for Children in Poverty - January 21, 2010

The National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) has published a new fact sheet, entitled Who Are America's Poor Children? The Official Story (January 2010), by Vanessa R. Wight, Michelle Chau, and Yumiko Aratani. This fact sheet looks at the characteristics of children who are considered poor by the official standard in America and the hardships faced by these children. It also provides recommendations on what should be done about child poverty. It is available online at http://www.nccp.org/publications/pub_912.html

3. Race to the Top Competition - News from the U.S. Department of Education

Source: U.S. Department of Education - January 19, 2010

On January 19, 2010, the U.S. Department of Education announced that 40 states and the District of Columbia submitted applications to be considered for Phase 1 of the Race to the Top competition, the department's $4.35 billion fund to re-shape America's educational system. On the same day, President Obama announced his intention to make a significant new investment, more than $1.3 billion, in his FY 2011 budget request to continue the Race to the Top competition and expand it to include local school districts that are committed to reform.

To read the press release and see a list of states that submitted applications, go to http://www2.ed.gov/news/pressreleases/2010/01/01192010.html
To view a video of the President's remarks, go to http://www.ed.gov/blog/2010/01/race-to-the-top-41-applications-submitted-for-phase-1/
For an updated fact sheet on Race to the Top, go to http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/RTT_factsheet.pdf

4. Products for Practitioners from the Center on Everyday Child Language Learning

Source: Center on Everyday Child Language Learning - January 20, 2010

The Center on Everyday Child Language Learning (CECLL) recently posted five new products for practitioners on their Web Site. These products are designed to assist practitioners in implementing an approach to early childhood intervention that uses everyday activities as sources of learning opportunities to promote the development of the language and communication skills of young children with disabilities and delays. CECLL is a model demonstration center funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs and is a major initiative of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices at the Orelena Hawks Puckett Institute. To access the products, go to http://www.cecll.org/articles1.php.

5. On-Line Technical Assistance Materials on Early Literacy Practices for Young Children

Source: Center for Early Literacy Learning - January 21, 2010

The Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL) recently announced the availability of on-line technical assistance materials for promoting parent and practitioner use of early literacy learning practices. A number of different methods, materials, and practices that can be used to conduct training on early literacy learning are available on their Web site at http://www.earlyliteracylearning.org/technicalasst.php. The materials are organized in the following different categories: CELL Model and Approach, Intervention Practices, Implementation Practices, and Research Evidence. New materials will be added to the web site as they became available.

6. New Web site from the American Academy of Pediatrics on Child Health and Parenting Issues

Source: American Academy of Pediatrics - Retrieved January 21, 2010

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has launched a new Web site, HealthyChildren.org, which was created to provide reliable, up-to-date information on child health and parenting issues. It also provides information on the APA's many programs, activities, policies, guidelines and publications. To learn more, go to http://www.healthychildren.org/English/Pages/default.aspx

7. FAQ: Using Title I of ESEA for Early Education

Source: Center for Law and Social Policy - January 21, 2010

The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) has published a new paper entitled FAQ: Using Title I of ESEA for Early Education (January 2010), by Hannah Matthews and Danielle Ewen. The paper provides answers to frequently asked questions on using Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act funds on early education. It is available online http://www.clasp.org/admin/site/publications/files/titleifaq-1.pdf