July 9, 2010

In this Issue:

  1. Final Versions of CELL Parent Practice Guides Released
      Source: Center for Early Literacy Learning - July 9, 2010
  2. Engaging Families in Early Childhood Programs
      Source: Pre-K Now - Jul 06, 2010
  3. Article Highlights Evidence-Based Practices for Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
      Source: International Journal of Early Childhood Special Education - July 9, 2010
  4. Policy Brief on TANF Reauthorization and Charting a New Course for Young Children in Poverty
      Source: ZERO TO THREE - July 7, 2010
  5. WWC Releases Evidence Standards for Regression Discontinuity and Single-Case Designs
      Source: What Works Clearinghouse, Institute of Education Sciences - Retrieved July 7, 2010
  6. New! Cultural and Linguistic Competence Family Organization Assessment Tool
      Source: National Center for Cultural Competence - Retrieved July 9, 2010
  7. National Center for Special Education Research Announces FY 2010 Research Awards
      Source: National Center for Special Education Research - July 6, 2010

1. Final Versions of CELL Parent Practice Guides Released

Source: Center for Early Literacy Learning - July 9, 2010

The Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL) has released final versions of the CELL Parent Practice Guides for Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers. These guides include practices that help parents engage their children in everyday early literacy learning activities. They have been rewritten to be used by parents who read at a 5th to 6th grade level or higher. The final versions are now available online at http://www.earlyliteracylearning.org/pgparents.php

Three CELL papers on the social validity and readability of the Parent Practice Guides are also available online at http://www.earlyliteracylearning.org/productscp.php. The Center for Early Literacy Learning is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, Research to Practice Division and is a major initiative of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices at the Orelena Hawks Puckett Institute.

2. Engaging Families in Early Childhood Programs

Source: Pre-K Now - Jul 06, 2010

Involving parents and other caregivers in early childhood programs can enhance children's learning, promote effective parenting and build lasting partnerships between families and the education system. A new report from Pre-K Now identifies policies that can enhance family engagement in state pre-k programs and highlights examples from states that are doing a good with this. Engaged Families, Effective Pre-K: State Policies that Bolster Student Success (2010) by Deborah Roderick Stark can be accessed online at http://www.pewtrusts.org/our_work_report_detail.aspx?id=59866

3. Article Highlights Evidence-Based Practices for Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Source: International Journal of Early Childhood Special Education - July 9, 2010

A new issue of the International Journal of Early Childhood Special Education (INT-JECSE) is now available online. Of special interest is the fourth article, written by Dr. L. Lynn Stansberry-Brusnahan and Dr. Lana L. Collet-Klingenberg, which highlights evidence-based practices for young children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and discusses guidelines and recommendations from the National Resource Council and the National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders. This article is available full-text online at http://www.int-jecse.net/V2N1-ARTICLE4.pdf. The entire journal is available at http://www.int-jecse.net/V2N1.htm

4. Policy Brief on TANF Reauthorization and Charting a New Course for Young Children in Poverty

Source: ZERO TO THREE - July 7, 2010

In anticipation of the reauthorization of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, ZERO TO THREE has released a revised policy brief about TANF and how improvements in this program might impact the developmental trajectories of young children living in poverty. Charting a New Course for Young Children in Poverty: Reauthorization of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program (2010) is available online at http://www.zerotothree.org/public-policy/policy-toolkit/tanf-june-16-2010.pdf

5. WWC Releases Evidence Standards for Regression Discontinuity and Single-Case Designs

Source: What Works Clearinghouse, Institute of Education Sciences - Retrieved July 7, 2010

The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) has released evidence standards for regression discontinuity and single-case designs. These standards allow the WWC to review an expanded set of research, particularly in special education. Like random assignment studies, well-designed and well-implemented regression discontinuity and single case designs can attain the highest WWC rating that can be assigned to a study, "meets standards." The standards are the work of two expert panels led by Peter Schochet (regression discontinuity) and Thomas Kratochwill (single-case designs).

6. New! Cultural and Linguistic Competence Family Organization Assessment Tool

Source: National Center for Cultural Competence - Retrieved July 9, 2010

The National Center for Cultural Competence at Georgetown University's Center for Child and Human Development has developed a new tool for assessing organizational cultural and linguistic competence, designed specifically for family organizations concerned with children with behavioral-emotional disorders, special health care needs, and disabilities. The Cultural and Linguistic Competence Family Organization Assessment Instrument (2010) can be downloaded in PDF format at http://www.gucchdgeorgetown.net/nccc/clcfoa/

7. National Center for Special Education Research Announces FY 2010 Research Awards

Source: National Center for Special Education Research - July 6, 2010

The National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER) at the Institute for Education Sciences (IES) made a series of new research grant awards in June 2010. A list of these awards, including awards related to Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education, can be found at Ahttp://ies.ed.gov/ncser/projects/10awards2.asp