July 30, 2010

In this Issue:

  1. 2010 Kids Count Data Book
      Source: Annie E. Casey Foundation - July 27, 2010
  2. What Works for Home Visiting Programs
      Source: Child Trends - July 27, 2010
  3. What Works Clearinghouse Report on "Literacy Express"
      Source: What Works Clearinghouse, Institute of Education Sciences - July 27, 2010
  4. Practice Guides with Adaptations for Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers with Disabilities
      Source: Center for Early Literacy Learning - July 28, 2010
  5. Kids' Share 2010: Report on Federal Expenditures on Children Through 2009
      Source: Urban Institute and Brookings Institution - Retrieved July 30, 2010
  6. NAEYC Manual on Best Practices of Accreditation Facilitation Projects
      Source: National Association of the Education of Young Children - Retrieved July 29, 2010

1. 2010 Kids Count Data Book

Source: Annie E. Casey Foundation - July 27, 2010

On July 27, 2010, the Annie E. Casey Foundation published its 2010 Kids Count Data Book. The report finds that overall improvements in child well-being, which began in the late 1990s, stalled in the years leading up to the current economic downturn. In 2008, the percentage of low-birth weight babies and the percentage of children living in poverty both rose. To learn more, see the report online at http://datacenter.kidscount.org/DataBook/2010/Default.aspx

2. What Works for Home Visiting Programs

Source: Child Trends - July 27, 2010

Home visiting programs often offer a combination of supports, interventions and services to young children and their families. A new fact sheet from Child Trends, entitled What Works for Home Visiting Programs: Lessons from Experimental Evaluations of Programs and Interventions (July 2010), by Jordan Kahn and Kristin A. Moore, summarizes the findings from 66 rigorous evaluations of programs that have a home visiting component. Overall, 32 of the programs had positive impacts on at least one child outcome, 23 had mixed reviews, and 11 were not proven to work. The fact sheet is available online at http://www.childtrends.org/Files//Child_Trends-2010_7_1_FS_WWHomeVisitpdf.pdf

3. What Works Clearinghouse Report on "Literacy Express"

Source: What Works Clearinghouse, Institute of Education Sciences - July 27, 2010

The What Works Clearinghouse has published an updated Early Childhood Education Report that reviews the research on "Literacy Express", a preschool curriculum for improving oral language, literacy, basic math, science, general knowledge, and socio-emotional development. To see the report, go to http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/reports/early_ed/lit_express/index.asp

4. Practice Guides with Adaptations for Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers with Disabilities

Source: Center for Early Literacy Learning - July 28, 2010

The Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL) has published 15 new CELL practice guides with adaptations for infants, toddlers and preschoolers, which show how to adapt early literacy activities so that young children with disabilities can participate. The guides can be used by practitioners or parents, or by parents in collaboration with practitioners. They describe everyday home, community, and childcare learning opportunities that encourage early literacy learning. All are available online at http://www.earlyliteracylearning.org/pg_tier2.php

Two CELL papers on the social validity and readability of the practice guides with adaptations are also now available online at http://www.earlyliteracylearning.org/productscp.php

5. Kids' Share 2010: Report on Federal Expenditures on Children Through 2009

Source: Urban Institute and Brookings Institution - Retrieved July 30, 2010

Kids' Share 2010: Report on Federal Expenditures on Children Through 2009 (July 2010) is the fourth annual report examining federal spending trends and tax policies that impact children and their families. This year's report finds that in 2009 less than one-tenth of the federal budget was spent on children. To learn more, go to http://www.firstfocus.net/library/reports/kids-share-2010-report-on-federal-expenditures-on-children-through-2009

The report was commissioned by First Focus and produced by the Urban Institute and Brookings Institution with support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

6. NAEYC Manual on Best Practices of Accreditation Facilitation Projects

Source: National Association of the Education of Young Children - Retrieved July 29, 2010

The National Association of the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) recently released a manual entitled Best Practices of Accreditation Facilitation Projects: A Framework for Program Quality Improvement Using NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards and Accreditation Criteria (2010). Accreditation facilitation projects are projects that support quality improvement efforts of child care centers, preschools, and other early childhood programs and provide technical assistance and support to programs working on NAEYC Accreditation. The manual is available online at http://www.naeyc.org/files/academy/file/AFPBestPractices.pdf