February 26, 2010

In this Issue:

  1. Building an Early Childhood Professional Development System
      Source: National Governors Association Center for Best Practices - February 23, 2010
  2. Persistent Fear and Anxiety Can Affect Young Children's Learning and Development
      Source: National Scientific Council on the Developing Child - February 26, 2010
  3. States' Efforts to Serve Young Latino/ELL Children and Their Families
      Source: National Council of La Raza - February 25, 2010
  4. Supporting Parents of Young Children in the Child Welfare System
      Source: National Center for Children in Poverty - February 23, 2010
  5. Comment Request: Report on IDEA Part B Maintenance of Effort Reduction and Coordinated Early Intervening Services
      Source: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services - February 25, 2010

1. Building an Early Childhood Professional Development System

Source: National Governors Association Center for Best Practices - February 23, 2010

The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices recently published a new brief entitled Building an Early Childhood Professional Development System (February 2010), which outlines steps governors can take to build a statewide system of professional development for personnel who work with young children. The brief was co-authored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and is based on the NAEYC state policy blueprint. It is available online at http://www.nga.org/Files/pdf/1002EARLYCHILDPROFESSIONALDEVELOPMENT.PDF

2. Persistent Fear and Anxiety Can Affect Young Children's Learning and Development

Source: National Scientific Council on the Developing Child - February 26, 2010

A new report from the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child examines why early exposure to circumstances that produce persistent fear and chronic anxiety can disrupt the developing architecture of the brain and have life-long consequences. Persistent Fear and Anxiety Can Affect Young Children's Learning and Development - Working Paper #9 (February 2010) is available online at http://developingchild.harvard.edu/library/reports_and_working_papers/working_papers/wp9/

3. States' Efforts to Serve Young Latino/ELL Children and Their Families

Source: National Council of La Raza - February 25, 2010

On February 25, 2010, the National Council of La Raza released a white paper, entitled Responding to the Needs of Young Latino Children: State Efforts to Build Comprehensive Early Learning Systems (February 2010). The report finds that states are still lagging behind in developing early childhood education programs that are responsive to the needs of Latino and English Language Learner (ELL) children and families. It outlines recent developments in U.S. policies and federal funding that would help states better serve this population. To learn more and to access the report, go to http://www.nclr.org/index.php/publications/

4. Supporting Parents of Young Children in the Child Welfare System

Source: National Center for Children in Poverty - February 23, 2010

A new report from the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP), entitled, Supporting Parents of Young Children in the Child Welfare System (February 2010) by Katherine A. Beckmann, Jane Knitzer, and Janice L. Cooper, discusses the challenges and opportunities of improving mandated parent training for parents of young children in the child welfare system. Drawing on lessons learned from research and practice it recommends a more intentional, cost effective, and strategic approach to required parent training. It is available online at http://www.nccp.org/publications/pub_920.html

5. Comment Request: Report on IDEA Part B Maintenance of Effort Reduction and Coordinated Early Intervening Services

Source: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services - February 25, 2010

On February 25, 2010, the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) published an invitation to comment on the following information collection package in the Federal Register:

  • Report on IDEA Part B Maintenance of Effort Reduction (34 CFR 300.205(a)) and Coordinated Early Intervening Services (34 CFR 300.226).

Comments must be received on or before March 29, 2010. For complete information, see the notice in the Federal Register (Volume 75, Number 37) at http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/other/2010-1/022510b.html