February 25, 2011

In this Issue:

  1. New Resources from CDC's "Learn the Signs, Act Early" Program
      Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Retrieved February 21, 2011
  2. Spotlight on Young Children and Child Welfare
      Source: Children's Bureau Express - February 22, 2011
  3. Research Synthesis Examines Nursery Rhyme Experience and Knowledge as Determinants of Later Literacy Abilities
      Source: Center for Early Literacy Learning - February 21, 2011
  4. New Brief on the Importance of Secure Attachment Relationships for Infants and Toddlers
      Source: Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning - Retrieved February 22, 2011
  5. Babies and Toddlers Can Suffer Mental Illness, Seldom Get Treatment
      Source: American Psychological Association - Retrieved February 24, 2011

1. New Resources from CDC's "Learn the Signs, Act Early" Program

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Retrieved February 21, 2011

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) "Learn the Signs, Act Early" program seeks to improve early identification of children with autism and other developmental disabilities. The program recently released two new resources for parents:

Programs interested in using the brochure for public awareness activities can request customization by sending an email to ActEarly@cdc.gov and providing the local contact information and logos to be included.

2. Spotlight on Young Children and Child Welfare

Source: Children's Bureau Express - February 22, 2011

This month, the Children's Bureau Express spotlights young children involved with child welfare, including the intersection of child welfare with related services that impact young children and their families. It is available online at http://cbexpress.acf.hhs.gov/index.cfm?event=website.viewSection&issueID=123&subsectionID=31. Articles include:

  • Substance-Exposed Newborns and the AIA Resource Center
  • Keeping Young Children Safely With Their Families: The QIC on Early Childhood
  • State Strategies to Support Parents of Young Children
  • Helping Child Care and Early Childhood Centers Strengthen Families
  • Ethical Practice When Representing Very Young Children
  • Predictors of Harsh Parenting Practices With Young Children

3. Research Synthesis Examines Nursery Rhyme Experience and Knowledge as Determinants of Later Literacy Abilities

Source: Center for Early Literacy Learning - February 21, 2011

The Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL) has published the following new CELLreview: Relationship Between Young Children's Nursery Rhyme Experiences and Knowledge and Phonological and Print-Related Abilities (2011). This research synthesis examines nursery rhyme experience and knowledge as determinants of later literacy abilities. It is available at http://www.earlyliteracylearning.org/cellreviews/cellreviews_v4_n1.pdf

4. New Brief on the Importance of Secure Attachment Relationships for Infants and Toddlers

Source: Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning - Retrieved February 22, 2011

A new brief from the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL), What Works Brief #24 - Attachment: What Works? (2011), by Donna Wittmer, explores the importance of infants and toddlers experiencing secure attachment relationships with the key adults in their lives, explains secure and insecure attachment, notes cultural differences in attachment, and provides specific strategies to promote children's secure attachments. It is available online at http://csefel.vanderbilt.edu/resources/what_works.html

5. Babies and Toddlers Can Suffer Mental Illness, Seldom Get Treatment

Source: American Psychological Association - Retrieved February 24, 2011

Recent research published in the February-March 2011 issue of the American Psychologist shows that infants and toddlers can suffer serious mental health disorders, yet they seldom receive treatment that could prevent lasting developmental problems. The authors emphasize the importance of creating integrated services for caregivers of young children so they can better recognize mental health issues in infants and find help. To learn more, go to http://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2011/02/babies-mental-illness.aspx