March 25, 2011

In this Issue:

  1. Updated Teaching Tools for Children with Challenging Behavior
      Source: Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children - Retrieved March 25, 2011
  2. Workforce Information: A Critical Component of Coordinated State Early Care and Education Data Systems
      Source: Center for the Study of Child Care Employment - Retrieved March 24, 2011
  3. The Long Reach of Early Childhood Poverty
      Source: The Stanford Center for the Study of Poverty - Retrieved March 22, 2011
  4. The Economic Value of the Early Childhood Sector
      Source: Partnership for America's Economic Success - Retrieved March 25, 2011
  5. New CELLcasts from the Center for Early Literacy Learning
      Source: Center for Early Literacy Learning - March 24, 2011
  6. April is Child Abuse Prevention Month
      Source: Child Welfare Information Gateway - Retrieved March 21, 2011

1. Updated Teaching Tools for Children with Challenging Behavior

Source: Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children - Retrieved March 25, 2011

The Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children (TACSEI) has updated its Teaching Tools for Young Children (TTYC) to include strategies for toddlers. The teaching tools give teachers practical strategies to create a plan to support young children who are having challenging behavior, including prevention, intervention, and response strategies. In addition, there is an expanded manual that includes using TTYC with toddlers, a decision tree, forms for teaming, tips for consultation to the classroom, and guidance on assessing implementation and outcomes. To learn more, go to http://www.challengingbehavior.org/do/resources/teaching_tools/ttyc.htm

2. Workforce Information: A Critical Component of Coordinated State Early Care and Education Data Systems

Source: Center for the Study of Child Care Employment - Retrieved March 24, 2011

The Center for the Study of Child Care Employment (CSCCE) has published a policy brief that discusses the importance of high quality workforce data for improving early care and education systems. It describes three main early care and education workforce data systems operating across multiple states, the challenges of aligning these systems, and the efforts states are making to address those challenges. Workforce Information: A Critical Component of Coordinated State Early Care and Education Data Systems (2011), by Fran Kipnis and Marcy Whitebook, is available online at http://www.irle.berkeley.edu/cscce/2011/workforce-information-a-critical-component-of-coordinated-state-early-care-and-education-data-systems/

3. The Long Reach of Early Childhood Poverty

Source: The Stanford Center for the Study of Poverty - Retrieved March 22, 2011

The Stanford Center for the Study of Poverty has published a research brief entitled, The Long Reach of Early Childhood Poverty (Pathways Magazine, Winter 2011) by Greg J. Duncan and Katherine Magnuson, which reviews the evidence linking early childhood poverty to long-lasting negative outcomes and discusses strategies to mitigate the effects of poverty-induced stress on vulnerable families with young children. It is available online at http://www.stanford.edu/group/scspi/_media/pdf/pathways/winter_2011/PathwaysWinter11_Duncan.pdf

4. The Economic Value of the Early Childhood Sector

Source: Partnership for America's Economic Success - Retrieved March 25, 2011

The Partnership for America's Economic Success has released a new research brief that estimates the annual value of U.S. resources devoted to children from birth to age 5 at close to 2.9% of the gross domestic product (GDP). The analysis is meant to help policy makers: recognize the size and scope of the early childhood sector (ECS); assess current unmet needs and inefficiencies in the ECS; and evaluate how their decisions affect the ECS and the economic and social benefits it produces. The Economic Value of the Early Childhood Sector (2011) can be accessed online at http://www.readynation.org/commissioned-research-project/

5. New CELLcasts from the Center for Early Literacy Learning

Source: Center for Early Literacy Learning - March 24, 2011

The Center for Early Literacy Learning has released three new CELLcasts for parents. CELLcasts are audio/video versions of CELL practice guides which are available to view online or download to an iPod/Mp3 player. Baby's First Picture Books offers fun and interesting ideas for looking at picture books with your infant. My Turn, Your Turn has playful activities to help your toddler develop turn taking skills. Wacky Word Games illustrates playful attitudes that make learning listening and language skills fun for preschoolers. 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.

6. April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

Source: Child Welfare Information Gateway - Retrieved March 21, 2011

April is Child Abuse Prevention month and the Child Welfare Information Gateway has published a collection of resources on their 2011 National Child Abuse Prevention Website (http://www.childwelfare.gov/preventing/preventionmonth/) that includes:

  • Strengthening Families and Communities: 2011 Resource Guide
  • Tip sheets that address particular parenting concerns and questions—in English and Spanish—to distribute to parents and caregivers
  • A calendar for April full of activities that relate to the Five Protective Factors
  • Child Abuse Prevention Month widgets to post on your website
  • A video showing how Child Welfare Information Gateway connects professionals with information and resources on preventing child abuse and neglect