January 7, 2011

In this Issue:

  1. States' Use of Early Learning Guidelines for Infants and Toddlers
      Source: ZERO TO THREE Policy Center and NITCCI - Retrieved January 4, 2011
  2. Environmental Health in Early Childhood Systems Building: Opportunities for States
      Source: National Center for Children in Poverty - Retrieved January 7, 2011
  3. The Past and Future of an Innovative Preventive Care Model for Children
      Source: Commonwealth Fund - Retrieved January 7, 2011
  4. New CELLvideos from the Center for Early Literacy Learning
      Source: Center for Early Literacy Learning - January 5, 2011

1. States' Use of Early Learning Guidelines for Infants and Toddlers

Source: ZERO TO THREE Policy Center and NITCCI - Retrieved January 4, 2011

The ZERO TO THREE Policy Center has published a new paper, Putting Standards into Practice: States' Use of Early Learning Guidelines for Infants and Toddlers (2010), which describes the status of implementing Early Learning Guidelines (ELGs) for infants and toddlers in eight states. It includes suggestions and examples related to disseminating and training on the ELGs and embedding them into professional development and quality improvement systems. It is available online at http://main.zerotothree.org/site/DocServer/States__Use_of_ELG_for_IT_FINAL.pdf?docID=11861

See also, the Early Learning Guidelines Implementation Toolkit compiled by the National Infant & Toddler Child Care Initiative @ ZERO TO THREE (NITCCI) - http://www.zerotothree.org/public-policy/webinars-conference-calls/it-elg-implementation-toolkit-introduction-508-compliant.pdf. It is intended to assist States and Territories in engaging in a strategic planning process to support the implementation of Early Learning Guidelines for Infants and Toddlers (ELG for IT).

2. Environmental Health in Early Childhood Systems Building: Opportunities for States

Source: National Center for Children in Poverty - Retrieved January 7, 2011

The National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) has published a new paper, Environmental Health in Early Childhood Systems Building: Opportunities for States (December 2010), by Andrea Bachrach, Louisa Higgins, and Shannon Stagman. The authors discuss some of the environmental hazards that threaten young children inside and nearby home and/or early childhood program settings and describe the importance of early intervention for disease prevention. Specific actions states can take to successfully address environmental health issues affecting children are also included. http://www.nccp.org/publications/pub_981.html

3. The Past and Future of an Innovative Preventive Care Model for Children

Source: Commonwealth Fund - Retrieved January 7, 2011

In 1995, the Commonwealth Fund started Healthy Steps for Young Children to develop and test a model of preventive pediatric care for children from birth to age 3 that emphasized child behavior and development. A new Commonwealth Fund report looks at some of the trials the model has faced and new possibilities under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Healthy Steps at 15: The Past and Future of an Innovative Preventive Care Model for Children (December 2010), by Michael C. Barth, is available online at http://www.commonwealthfund.org/Publications/Fund-Reports/2010/Dec/Healthy-Steps-at-15.aspx

4. New CELLvideos from the Center for Early Literacy Learning

Source: Center for Early Literacy Learning - January 5, 2011

The Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL) has released two CELLvideos: Weaving Wonderful Tales - http://www.earlyliteracylearning.org/weaving_wonderful_tales.php and Ready, Set, Read - http://www.earlyliteracylearning.org/ready_set_read.php. These videos illustrate how using storybooks can promote early language development through shared reading. 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.