November 5, 2010

In this Issue:

  1. New! Early Learning Guidelines-Standards Website
      Source: UNC at Greensboro and Teachers College, Columbia University - November 4, 2010
  2. A New Look at the Effects of Publicly Supported Preschool Programs
      Source: Association for Psychological Science - Retrieved November 1, 2010
  3. State-by-State and National Snapshot of Home Visiting Programs, Models and Funding
      Source: Pew Charitable Trusts - Retrieved November 1, 2010
  4. Three New Resources Highlight the Benefits of Business Investments in Early Childhood
      Source: Winning Beginning NY, Institute for a Competitive Workforce and First Focus - Retrieved November 2, 2010
  5. State Child Care Assistance Policies 2010
      Source: National Women's Law Center - Retrieved November 4, 2010
  6. Basic Facts About Low-income Children Under Age 3 and Under Age 6
      Source: National Center for Children in Poverty - Retrieved November 4, 2010

1. New! Early Learning Guidelines-Standards Website

Source: UNC at Greensboro and Teachers College, Columbia University - November 4, 2010

A new Web site is now available to provide recommendations and raise issues for state committees to consider as they make decisions about developing or revising Early Learning Guidelines (ELGs). It was developed by Catherine Scott-Little at the University of NC at Greensboro, together with Lynn Kagan and Victoria Stebbins Frelow at Teachers College, Columbia University, with support from the A.L. Mailman Family Foundation. To learn more, go to http://www.earlylearningguidelines-standards.org

2. A New Look at the Effects of Publicly Supported Preschool Programs

Source: Association for Psychological Science - Retrieved November 1, 2010

A new paper by several well-known early childhood experts examines how well publicly funded preschool programs (e.g., child care centers, Head Start, and state-funded pre-kindergarten) prepare young children for school and why public policy needs to be more closely aligned with the research on early childhood education. The paper was published on October 14, 2010 in Psychological Science in the Public Interest, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. The full-text can be downloaded by the public at http://www.psychologicalscience.org/index.php/publications/journals/pspi/the-effects-of-preschool-education.html

Full citation: Pianta, R. C., Barnett, W. S., Burchinal, M., & Thornburg, K. R. (2010). The effects of preschool education: What we know, how public policy is or is not aligned with the evidence base, and what we need to know. Psychological Science in the Public Interest, 10(2) 49-88. doi: 10.1177/1529100610381908

3. State-by-State and National Snapshot of Home Visiting Programs, Models and Funding

Source: Pew Charitable Trusts - Retrieved November 1, 2010

The Pew Center on the States recently conducted surveys with state agency leaders across the country and developed the Pew Inventory of State Home Visiting Programs to provide state leaders, agency administrators and program directors with a state-by-state and national snapshot of home visiting programs, models and funding. It is available online at http://www.pewcenteronthestates.org/initiatives_detail.aspx?initiativeID=61051

4. Three New Resources Highlight the Benefits of Business Investments in Early Childhood

Source: Winning Beginning NY, Institute for a Competitive Workforce and First Focus - Retrieved November 2, 2010

The following three new resources make the case for why investing in young children is good for America's current and future workforce.

5. State Child Care Assistance Policies 2010

Source: National Women's Law Center - Retrieved November 4, 2010

The National Women's Law Center (NWLC) recently released its seventh annual report on state child care assistance policies, which shows that in the past year most states did not make significant changes to their child care assistance policies, mostly because of the infusion of funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). However, as these funds run out, some states are planning to make cuts to their child care assistance programs. State Child Care Assistance Policies 2010: New Federal Funds Helps States Weather the Storm (2010) is available online at http://www.nwlc.org/sites/default/files/pdfs/statechildcareassistancepoliciesreport2010.pdf. See also, NWLC's state-by-state fact sheets based on this report - http://www.nwlc.org/resource/state-child-care-assistance-policies-2010-individual-state-fact-sheets

6. Basic Facts About Low-income Children Under Age 3 and Under Age 6

Source: National Center for Children in Poverty - Retrieved November 4, 2010

The National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) has published the following new facts describing the demographic, socioeconomic, and geographic characteristics of young children and their parents and highlighting the important factors that appear to distinguish low-income and poor children from their less disadvantaged counterparts.