October 15, 2010

In this Issue:

  1. Essays Discuss New Directions for Investing in Young Children
      Source: Brookings Institute and the National Institute for Early Education Research - October 13, 2010
  2. New! "CELLcasts" from the Center for Early Literacy Learning
      Source: Center for Early Literacy Learning - October 14, 2010
  3. Poll Looks at Public and Parental Understanding of Learning Disabilities in Preschoolers
      Source: Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation and New America Foundation - Retrieved October 15, 2010
  4. Recommendations for State Early Childhood Advisory Councils Working with New Leadership
      Source: Education Counsel - Retrieved October 14, 2010
  5. State-by-State Fact Sheets - Supporting State Child Care Efforts with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Funds
      Source: National Women's Law Center - October 8, 2010

1. Essays Discuss New Directions for Investing in Young Children

Source: Brookings Institute and the National Institute for Early Education Research - October 13, 2010

A new collection of essays issued by the Brookings Institute and the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) assesses federal policies for early childhood education and child care, and provides recommendations for reforming Head Start and other early education programs to make them more targeted, more effective, and more cost-efficient. To learn more, see Investing in Young Children: New Directions in Federal Preschool and Early Childhood Policy (2010), edited by Ron Haskins and W. Steven Barnett, at http://www.brookings.edu/reports/2010/1013_investing_in_young_children_haskins.aspx

2. New! "CELLcasts" from the Center for Early Literacy Learning

Source: Center for Early Literacy Learning - October 14, 2010

The Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL) has released their first set of CELLcasts for parents. CELLcasts are audio/video versions of CELL practices which can be watched and listened to online or downloaded to iPod/Mp3 players. Oohs and Aahs are fun-filled ideas to help infants increase their vocalizations while Up, Down, All Around will teach toddlers to begin to talk about and understand their environment. For preschoolers, Delighting In Writing shows parents how to encourage their child's use of drawings and symbols to express thoughts and feelings. All are available at http://www.earlyliteracylearning.org/ta_cellcasts1.php

CELL 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.

3. Poll Looks at Public and Parental Understanding of Learning Disabilities in Preschoolers

Source: Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation and New America Foundation - Retrieved October 15, 2010

The results of a recent poll by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation show that two-thirds of parents think toddlers and preschoolers will outgrow specific, early signs of learning disabilities. As a result, they delay seeking early intervention services. A majority of parents, teachers and administrators polled also believe that learning disabilities are a product of the home environment, or a result of laziness. To learn more:

4. Recommendations for State Early Childhood Advisory Councils Working with New Leadership

Source: Education Counsel - Retrieved October 14, 2010

After the upcoming November elections, many state Early Childhood Advisory Councils will be working with new governors. A recent brief from the Education Counsel, entitled How Early Childhood Advisory Councils Can Succeed in Gubernatorial Transitions (2010) by Elliot M. Regenstein and Stacie G. Goffin, provides strategies on how these councils can build relationships and work effectively with new leadership, and how they can promote policies that will benefit young children. It is available online at http://www.educationcounsel.com/files/Gubernatorial_Transitions_09.07.10.pdf

5. State-by-State Fact Sheets - Supporting State Child Care Efforts with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Funds

Source: National Women's Law Center - October 8, 2010

The National Women's Law Center recently published state-by-state fact sheets that provide information on how American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds are being used by states to maintain or expand access to child care assistance for families and to support initiatives to enhance the quality of care. They are available online at http://www.nwlc.org/resource/supporting-state-child-care-efforts-american-recovery-and-reinvestment-act-funds-state-stat