April 16, 2010

In this Issue:

  1. National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day to Include Focus on Early Childhood
      Source: Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration - Retrieved April 16, 2010
  2. Six States to Participate in New Initiative to Build High-Quality Early Childhood State Infrastructures
      Source: National Governors Association Center for Best Practices - April 12, 2010
  3. Draft DEC Paper on Integrating Cultural and Linguistic Diversity into Policy and Practice - Input Needed
      Source: Council for Exceptional Children, Division for Early Childhood - April 16, 2010
  4. Joint Statement of NAEYC and NAECS-SDE on Common Core State Standards Initiative
      Source: NAEYC and NAECS-SDE - April 15, 2010
  5. Summary of Best Practices for Kindergarten Assessment
      Source: SRI's Center for Education and Human Services -April 14, 2010
  6. Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Birth Cohort Preschool - Kindergarten 2007 Psychometric Report
      Source: Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics - April 16, 2010
  7. Applications for New Funding Opportunities Available
      Source: U.S. Dept. of Education and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - April 14, 2010

1. National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day to Include Focus on Early Childhood

Source: Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration - Retrieved April 16, 2010

On Thursday, May 6, 2010, National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day will mark its 5th anniversary, as well as a first-time focus on the topic of early childhood. The national celebration will include an Early Childhood Forum consisting of two 45-minute panels focusing on 1) Being on the Right Track to Positive Social-Emotional Development, and 2) What to Do When Problems Arise. Information about this event is available at http://www.samhsa.gov/children/index.asp.

2. Six States to Participate in New Initiative to Build High-Quality Early Childhood State Infrastructures

Source: National Governors Association Center for Best Practices - April 12, 2010

On April 12, 2010, the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) announced that it has selected six states - Kansas, Louisiana, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington - to develop high-quality, comprehensive state early childhood systems through a new initiative, Ready States: A Project to Develop Key Components of State Early Childhood Infrastructure. Currently, approximately 60 percent of children aged 0-5 spend time in early childhood programs and the initiative is meant to help ensure that these children receive the support and experiences they need to grow and learn. For more information, go to http://www.nga.org/portal/site/nga/menuitem.50aeae5ff70b817ae8ebb856a11010a0/

3. Draft DEC Paper on Integrating Cultural and Linguistic Diversity into Policy and Practice - Input Needed

Source: Council for Exceptional Children, Division for Early Childhood - April 16, 2010

The Council for Exceptional Children's Division for Early Childhood (DEC) is seeking input on a draft of its new paper, entitled Responsiveness to ALL Children, Families, and Professionals: Integrating Cultural and Linguistic Diversity into Policy and Practice. The period for comment is from April 19 through May 28, 2010. For complete information, go to http://www.dec-sped.org/uploads/docs/What%27s%20New/Responiveness%20Paperin%20Review%20Format.pdf

4. Joint Statement of NAEYC and NAECS-SDE on Common Core State Standards Initiative

Source: NAEYC and NAECS-SDE - April 15, 2010

On April 15, 2010, the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) in collaboration with the National Association of Early Childhood Specialists in State Departments of Education (NAECS-SDE) released a joint statement on the Common Core State Standard Initiative related to kindergarten through third grade. It is available online at http://www.naeyc.org/ecp/resources#common-core

5. Summary of Best Practices for Kindergarten Assessment

Source: SRI's Center for Education and Human Services -April 14, 2010

Many states have implemented or are developing some form of kindergarten assessment in order to: better understand the school readiness of kindergartners; support transition and alignment between early education and K-12; and guide individual instruction for children. SRI's Center for Education and Human Services recently published an e-newsletter providing a summary of best practices for the development of a kindergarten assessment process, based on a review of the literature and two surveys conducted for a report to Washington State's Department of Early Learning. Both the e-newsletter and full report can be found at http://policyweb.sri.com/cehs/news/pdf/201004_enewsletter.pdf

6. Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Birth Cohort Preschool - Kindergarten 2007 Psychometric Report

Source: Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics - April 16, 2010

A new report from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Birth Cohort (ECLS-B) discusses the assessment instruments used in the preschool and kindergarten waves of the ECLS-B to measure children's cognitive development in early reading and mathematics, socioemotional functioning, fine and gross motor skills, and physical development. The report also includes information about indirect assessments of the children through questions asked of parents, early care and education providers, and teachers. It is available at http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2010009

7. Applications for New Funding Opportunities Available

Source: U.S. Dept. of Education and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - April 14, 2010

The following new funding opportunities have recently been posted online:

  • TITLE: Child Care Research Partnership Grants
    PURPOSE: To support research on policy issues conducted by state agencies, researchers and other organizations addressing issues related to Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) services.
    AGENCY: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE)
    URL: For complete information, go to http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/open/foa/view/HHS-2010-ACF-OPRE-YE-0003
  • TITLE: Race to the Top Fund Grants - Phase 2
    PURPOSE: To help reform the educational system. Priorities 3, 4 and 5 include items related to early childhood programs.
    AGENCY: U.S. Department of Education
    URL: For complete information, see the Federal Register notice at http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/announcements/2010-2/041410a.html