September 24, 2010

In this Issue:

  1. Recommendations for the Use of WHO Growth Charts for Children Under Age Two
      Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Retrieved September 20, 2010
  2. Research Findings - Expanding School Readiness Gains in Prekindergarten
      Source: National Center for Research on Early Childhood Education - September 24, 2010
  3. New Proposed Regulations to Raise Quality in Head Start Programs
      Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - September 22, 2010
  4. Alliance for Early Childhood Finance Launches New Web Site
      Source: Alliance for Early Childhood Finance - Retrieved September 20, 2010
  5. Early Childhood Intervention around Europe - Special Issue of INT-JECSE
      Source: International Journal of Early Childhood Special Education - September 22, 2010
  6. Request for Proposals from the Help Me Grow National TA Center
      Source: Help Me Grow National Technical Assistance Center - September 21, 2010
  7. Understanding Your Child's Behavior: Reading Your Child's Cues from Birth to Age Two
      Source: The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning - September 21, 2010

1. Recommendations for the Use of WHO Growth Charts for Children Under Age Two

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Retrieved September 20, 2010

In the September 10, 2010 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) present recommendations that clinicians in the United States use the 2006 World Health Organization (WHO) international growth charts, rather than the CDC growth charts, for children who are under 24 months of age. The recommendations are based on input from an expert panel convened by CDC, the National Institutes of Health, and the American Academy of Pediatrics to review scientific evidence and discuss the potential use of the WHO growth charts in clinical settings in the U.S. To learn more, go to http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr5909a1.htm?s_cid=rr5909a1_e

2. Research Findings - Expanding School Readiness Gains in Prekindergarten

Source: National Center for Research on Early Childhood Education - September 24, 2010

The National Center for Research on Early Childhood Education (NCRECE) recently published findings from a study that examined the relationship between four different patterns of prekindergarten classroom engagement and children's later success on language, literacy, and mathematics school readiness indicators. Results suggest that more quality instructional time with teachers and less free play time without teacher guidance or scaffolding would better prepare children for entering kindergarten. Expanding School Readiness Gains in Prekindergarten (NCRECE In Focus, v.1, no.6, September 2010) is available online at http://ncrece.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/NCRECEInFocus_V1_I6_Expanding_School_Readiness_Gains_in_PreK.pdf

3. New Proposed Regulations to Raise Quality in Head Start Programs

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - September 22, 2010

As part of its efforts to raise quality in Head Start programs, on September 21, 2010, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced new proposed regulations that for the first time require lower performing Head Start programs to compete against other entities for continued funding. The proposed regulations will be implemented with a number of new training and technical assistance initiatives to help Head Start grantees meet higher standards, including: 4 National Training and Technical Assistance Centers, 10 Centers of Excellence, and Placing Mentor Coaches in Local Communities. To access the Notice of Proposed Rule Making, go to http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/2010-23583.htm

4. Alliance for Early Childhood Finance Launches New Web Site

Source: Alliance for Early Childhood Finance - Retrieved September 20, 2010

The Alliance for Early Childhood Finance recently launched their new Web site, which is organized around the 4 pillars of their work: Early Childhood Education (ECE) Finance, ECE Policy, Quality Rating and Improvement Systems, and Shared Services. The site also features a variety of reports, presentations, memos, and other documents. To learn more, go to http://www.earlychildhoodfinance.org/

5. Early Childhood Intervention around Europe - Special Issue of INT-JECSE

Source: International Journal of Early Childhood Special Education - September 22, 2010

The International Journal of Early Childhood Special Education (INT-JECSE) is an online, open-access, peer-reviewed journal offering scholarly articles on various issues related to young children with special needs (0-8 age) and their families. A new, special issue of INT-JECSE is now available online. The topic is Early Childhood Intervention around Europe. To access the full-text of this special issue, go to: http://www.int-jecse.net/V2N2.htm.

6. Request for Proposals from the Help Me Grow National TA Center

Source: Help Me Grow National Technical Assistance Center - September 21, 2010

The Help Me Grow National Technical Assistance (NTA) Center, based at Connecticut Children's Medical Center, is seeking three replication sites for "Ready to Learn: National Replication of Connecticut's Help Me Grow System." With financial support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the NTA Center is pleased to offer, through this request for proposals (RFP) process, technical assistance from a team of professionals who are experienced in building a statewide Help Me Grow system and a two-year grant of $20,000 per year with a dollar-for-dollar or in-kind match. Letters of Intent are due by September 30, 2010. To learn more, go to http://www.connecticutchildrens.org/body_dept.cfm?id=92&fr=true

7. Understanding Your Child's Behavior: Reading Your Child's Cues from Birth to Age Two

Source: The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning - September 21, 2010

The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) has released a new resource to help parents better understand their children's behavior cues and respond in ways that support healthy social and communication development. Understanding Your Child's Behavior: Reading Your Child's Cues from Birth to Age Two is available online at http://csefel.vanderbilt.edu/documents/reading_cues.pdf