February 18, 2011

In this Issue:

  1. New Response to Intervention in Early Childhood (RTI-EC) Resources Available
      Source: National Professional Development Center on Inclusion - February 14, 2011
  2. Data Quality Campaign's Sixth Annual State Analysis Available
      Source: Data Quality Campaign - February 16, 2011
  3. Office of Head Start Launches Six National Centers
      Source: Office of Head Start - February 15, 2011
  4. New Brief on Creative State Pre-K Policies
      Source: Pre-K Now - Retrieved February 18, 2011
  5. New CELLcasts from the Center for Early Literacy Learning
      Source: Center for Early Literacy Learning - February 16, 2011

1. New Response to Intervention in Early Childhood (RTI-EC) Resources Available

Source: National Professional Development Center on Inclusion - February 14, 2011

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children (DEC), and the National Head Start Association (NHSA) are collaborating to develop a joint position statement on Response to Intervention in Early Childhood (RTI-EC). In 2009-2010, leaders of the three organizations, with support from the National Professional Development Center on Inclusion, held eight public forums and two additional meetings, one with a group of National Experts, and another with a joint DEC-NAEYC-NHSA Work Group. A resource list and summaries of the meetings are now available online at http://npdci.fpg.unc.edu/resources/articles/RTI-EC. Later in 2011, a draft of the position statement will be posted at this Web site for national input. Contact Camille Catlett if you have any questions about thte process (camille.catlett@unc.edu or 919/966-6635).

2. Data Quality Campaign's Sixth Annual State Analysis Available

Source: Data Quality Campaign - February 16, 2011

The Data Quality Campaign's (DQC) sixth annual state analysis, Data for Action 2010 shows that 24 states now have systems in place that include the campaign's "10 Essential Elements" for collecting longitudinal data that follows individual students over time. Every state has committed to implement them by September 2011. However, no state has taken all of the campaign's "10 State Actions." The report discusses the importance of linking K-12 data systems with early childhood and using the data to improve outcomes and answer important policy questions. To learn more, go to http://www.dataqualitycampaign.org/stateanalysis/executive_summary/

See also, In-Depth Analysis: States Collect Quality Education Data But Do Not Support Data Use to Improve Student Achievement (February 16, 2011) at http://www.dataqualitycampaign.org/resources/details/1182

3. Office of Head Start Launches Six National Centers

Source: Office of Head Start - February 15, 2011

The Office of Head Start (OHS) recently announced the launch of six National Centers:

  • The National Center on Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness
  • The National Center on Health
  • The National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement
  • The National Center on Program Management and Fiscal Operations
  • The National Center on Quality Teaching and Learning
  • Early Head Start National Resource Center (EHSNRC)

The National Centers will function as a team that provides programs with current and consistent information from OHS. The Centers will communicate best practices and provide practical resources and information to the Head Start and Early Head Start community. To learn more go to http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc

4. New Brief on Creative State Pre-K Policies

Source: Pre-K Now - Retrieved February 18, 2011

Pre-K Now has published a new brief highlighting promising state strategies to expand and support pre-kindergarten initiatives in Maine, Rhode Island, New Jersey and Iowa. Creative State Pre-K Policies Offer Smart Federal Opportunities (January 2011) is available online at http://www.pewcenteronthestates.org/initiatives_detail.aspx?initiativeID=31672

5. New CELLcasts from the Center for Early Literacy Learning

Source: Center for Early Literacy Learning - February 16, 2011

The Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL) has released three new CELLcasts for parents. CELLcasts are audio/video versions of CELL practice guides which are available to view online or download. Sights and Sounds teaches parents how to expose their infants to multiple listening opportunities. Books and Crayon's of One's Own shows parents how art supplies can help build their toddler's literacy, and A is for Apple teaches parents how to help their preschooler link letter sounds with pictures and introduce the alphabet. The CELLcasts 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.

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