August 6, 2010

In this Issue:

  1. New Report! The Foundations of Lifelong Health Are Built in Early Childhood
      Source: Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University - August 5, 2010
  2. Recent Publications from the National Center for Children in Poverty
      Source: National Center for Children in Poverty - Retrieved August 5, 2010
  3. Funding Cuts to State-funded Prekindergarten Programs in FY10 & 11
      Source: National Institute for Early Education Research - Retrieved August 6, 2010
  4. Brief Offers Strategies for Coordinating Child Care Consultants
      Source: National Infant & Toddler Child Care Initiative - August 6, 2010
  5. Parents and the High Cost of Child Care: 2010 Update
      Source: National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies - Retrieved August 6, 2010

1. New Report! The Foundations of Lifelong Health Are Built in Early Childhood

Source: Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University - August 5, 2010

The Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, in collaboration with the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child, recently published a new report entitled The Foundations of Lifelong Health Are Built in Early Childhood (July 2010). The report discusses how positive early experiences strengthen developing biological systems, providing the foundation for good health, sturdy brain architecture and enhanced learning capacities. To download the full report and the summary of essential findings, go to http://developingchild.harvard.edu/index.php/resources/reports_and_working_papers/foundations-of-lifelong-health/

2. Recent Publications from the National Center for Children in Poverty

Source: National Center for Children in Poverty - Retrieved August 5, 2010

The National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) recently released a number of new publications related to early childhood care and development. These include:

3. Funding Cuts to State-funded Prekindergarten Programs in FY10 & 11

Source: National Institute for Early Education Research - Retrieved August 6, 2010

A new brief report from the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) shows that in FY 2010 and FY 2011 the effects of the recession on prekindergarten have increased and an estimated $348 million in state funding alone could be cut from prekindergarten programs across the country. To learn more see, Brief Report: Funding Cuts to State-funded Prekindergarten Programs in FY10 & 11 (July 2010), by Dale Epstein and Steve Barnett - http://nieer.org/pdf/Funding_Cuts_to_State-Funded_Prekindergarten_Programs_in_FY10_FY11.pdf

4. Brief Offers Strategies for Coordinating Child Care Consultants

Source: National Infant & Toddler Child Care Initiative - August 6, 2010

A new brief from the National Infant & Toddler Child Care Initiative (NITCCI) provides a framework and practical suggestions for coordinating and educating child care consultants. Coordinated networks improve communication and collaboration among consultants and with the infant/toddler caregivers they support. Coordinating Child Care Consultants: Combining Multiple Disciplines and Improving Quality in Infant/Toddler Care Settings (August 2010) is available online at http://www.zerotothree.org/public-policy/state-community-policy/nitcci/coordinating-child-care-consultants.pdf

5. Parents and the High Cost of Child Care: 2010 Update

Source: National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies - Retrieved August 6, 2010

A new report from the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (NACCRRA) highlights 2009 data about child care costs for infants, 4-year-old children and school-age children in child care centers and family child care homes across the country. The findings show that:

  • Child Care Costs are High
  • Child Care Costs Are Rising
  • Child Care Costs are High Compared to Family Income
  • Child Care Costs are High Compared to Household Expenses
  • Child Care Costs are High Compared to College Costs

To learn more, see Parents and the High Cost of Child Care: 2010 Update at http://www.naccrra.org/publications/naccrra-publications/parents-and-the-high-cost-of-child-care.php