October 8, 2010

In this Issue:

  1. Using Video to Enhance Outcomes for Young Children and Their Families
      Source: Desired Results access Project - Retrieved October 4, 2010
  2. Assessing a Child's Need for Assistive Technology
      Source: Tots-n-Tech Research Institute and Family Center on Technology and Disability - Retrieved October 4, 2010
  3. Linking Early Childhood Data and School-Based Data Systems
      Source: New America Foundation - October 7, 2010
  4. New Web Site on Hearing Loss in Children
      Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - October 7, 2010
  5. New Report on Quality Rating Improvement Systems
      Source: National Center for Children in Poverty - October 7, 2010
  6. ACF Announces New Office of Child Care (OCC)
      Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - October 4, 2010
  7. New GAO Report on the Services Received by Children with Down Syndrome in Early Childhood
      Source: Government Accountability Office - October 8, 2010

1. Using Video to Enhance Outcomes for Young Children and Their Families

Source: Desired Results access Project - Retrieved October 4, 2010

Video is a valuable tool for early care and education practitioners and can be used in many ways, including documenting child progress, evaluation, assessment, coaching, consultation, reflective practice, reflective supervision, family education, and professional development. The Digital Video Initiative at California's Desired Results access Project recently posted seven videos online that illustrate ways in which teachers have been using digital video to enhance their practices and support preschool inclusion. Each of the videos can be viewed online or downloaded for use in professional development activities. To learn more, go to http://draccess.org/videoinitiative/

2. Assessing a Child's Need for Assistive Technology

Source: Tots-n-Tech Research Institute and Family Center on Technology and Disability - Retrieved October 4, 2010

Two recent newsletters provide information on assessing a child's need for assistive technology to enhance participation in everyday activities and routines.

3. Linking Early Childhood Data and School-Based Data Systems

Source: New America Foundation - October 7, 2010

The New America Foundation has published a new policy brief, entitled Many Missing Pieces: The Difficult Task of Linking Early Childhood Data and School-Based Data Systems (October 2010), by Laura Bornfreund and Maggie Severns. The authors discuss the challenges of collecting data from early childhood programs and integrating it with K-12 statewide longitudinal data systems. They also provide recommendations for making early childhood data more coordinated and more useful to educators, parents, researchers, and policymakers. It is available online at http://earlyed.newamerica.net/sites/newamerica.net/files/policydocs/NAF_ManyMissingPieces.pdf

4. New Web Site on Hearing Loss in Children

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - October 7, 2010

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have launched a new Web site on Hearing Loss in Children. Some of the features include:

  • Easy-to-read information on signs & symptoms, screening & diagnosis, treatment services, and prevention.
  • A compilation of important data and scientific publications.
  • Individualized pages for different visitors - families, health professionals, EHDI programs, and partners.
  • An overview of the work CDC and its partners are doing in the area of hearing loss.
  • On the home page, there is an item called "Hearing Loss Widget." You can put this widget on your website to help spread the word about symptoms of hearing loss.

The site is available at http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/hearingloss/index.html

5. New Report on Quality Rating Improvement Systems

Source: National Center for Children in Poverty - October 7, 2010

Improving the Odds for Young Children (ITO) at the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) has released a new report, Features of Professional Development and On-site Assistance in Child Care Quality Rating Improvement Systems: A Survey of State-wide Systems. This report presents findings from an interview study that investigated features of the professional development and on-site assistance available to center-based staff and home-based providers who participate in states' Quality Rating Improvement Systems. It is available at http://nccp.org/publications/pub_970.html

6. ACF Announces New Office of Child Care (OCC)

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - October 4, 2010

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families (ACF) recently announced a reorganization establishing an Office of Child Care (OCC) that will administer the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF). The OCC replaces the former Child Care Bureau and will elevate child care issues within the ACF and facilitate direct collaboration with the Office of Head Start. To learn more, go to http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ccb/index.html

7. New GAO Report on the Services Received by Children with Down Syndrome in Early Childhood

Source: Government Accountability Office - October 8, 2010

On October 8, 2010, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a new report entitled Children with Down Syndrome: Families Are More Likely to Receive Resources at Time of Diagnosis Than in Early Childhood (GAO-11-57).