April 1, 2011

In this Issue:

  1. Evidence-Based Home Visiting Briefs
      Source: Mathematica Policy Research and Chapin Hall - Retrieved April 1, 2011
  2. New Early Childhood Tool and State Policy Profiles from NCCP
      Source: National Center for Children in Poverty - Retrieved April 1, 2011
  3. Developing a Statewide Network of Infant and Toddler Specialists: TA Manual
      Source: National Infant & Toddler Child Care Initiative - Retrieved April 1, 2011
  4. Improving Children's Health and Well-being by Integrating Children's Programs
      Source: First Focus - Retrieved April 2011
  5. "Probes and Tips" - A Newsletter from the Early Childhood Hearing Outreach Initiative
      Source: Early Childhood Hearing Outreach (ECHO) Initiative - March 31. 2011
  6. Early Care and Education Research Scholars: Head Start Graduate Student Research Grants
      Source: U.S. Department of Education, Administration for Children and Families - March 29, 2011

1. Evidence-Based Home Visiting Briefs

Source: Mathematica Policy Research and Chapin Hall - Retrieved April 1, 2011

Mathematica Policy Research and Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago are producing a series of briefs about home visiting, using information from grantees funded by the Children's Bureau to implement one of five evidence-based home visiting models. These briefs and other related reports can be accessed online at http://supportingebhv.org/crossite. Recent briefs include:
- Supporting Home Visitors in Evidence-Based Programs
- Recruiting and Training Home Visitors for Evidence-Based Home Visiting
- Assessing the Need for Evidence-Based Home Visiting
- Replicating Evidence-Based Home Visiting Models: A Framework for Assessing Fidelity

2. New Early Childhood Tool and State Policy Profiles from NCCP

Source: National Center for Children in Poverty - Retrieved April 1, 2011

The National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) has released a new online tool, The Young Child Risk Calculator, which shows users how many children under age six in each state are experiencing serious risks to their development. The tool allows users to select from three age groups: 0-3, 3-5, and 0-6, as well as three economic and various other risk factors known to affect children's development. It is available online at http://www.nccp.org/tools/risk/

NCCP has also recently updated their Early Childhood State Policy Profiles, which provide a comprehensive view of state policies in the areas of health, early care and education, parenting and economic supports affecting the health and well-being of young children in low-income families. These can be accessed at http://nccp.org/profiles/early_childhood.html

3. Developing a Statewide Network of Infant and Toddler Specialists: TA Manual

Source: National Infant & Toddler Child Care Initiative - Retrieved April 1, 2011

The National Infant & Toddler Child Care Initiative (NITCCI) at ZERO TO THREE has published a new technical assistance (TA) manual that describes the process of developing and implementing an Infant Toddler Specialist Network (ITSN) using six State examples. An infant/toddler specialist network (ITSN) is a State-based system that coordinates the work of infant/toddler specialists and is primarily funded through the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF). Developing a Statewide Network of Infant and Toddler Specialists: TA Manual for States and Territories (March 2011) can be accessed online at http://www.zerotothree.org/public-policy/state-community-policy/nitcci/developing-a-statewide-network-of-infant-and-toddler-specialists.pdf

4. Improving Children's Health and Well-being by Integrating Children's Programs

Source: First Focus - Retrieved April 2011

A recently published report, Improving Children's Health and Well-being by Integrating Children's Programs (2011) identifies policies that can help to improve collaboration and integration across programs serving America's children and youth, resulting in improved outcomes for child health and well-being. The report was commissioned by First Focus, the California Endowment, Nemours, and Voices for America's Children and authored by NORC at the University of Chicago - an independent, non-profit research organization. It is available online at http://www.firstfocus.net/library/reports/improving-children%E2%80%99s-health-and-well-being-by-integrating-children%E2%80%99s-programs

5. "Probes and Tips" - A Newsletter from the Early Childhood Hearing Outreach Initiative

Source: Early Childhood Hearing Outreach (ECHO) Initiative - March 31. 2011

The Early Childhood Hearing Outreach (ECHO) Initiative, part of the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management at Utah State University, publishes a monthly newsletter, Probes and Tips, that provides tips to enhance early childhood hearing screening and follow-up practices. Subscription information and an archive of current and past issues can be accessed online at http://www.infanthearing.org/earlychildhood/newsletter.html. The ECHO Initiative serves Early Head Start as the National Resource Center on Early Hearing Detection and Intervention.

6. Early Care and Education Research Scholars: Head Start Graduate Student Research Grants

Source: U.S. Department of Education, Administration for Children and Families - March 29, 2011

The Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) of the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) plans to provide funds for Graduate Student Research Grants to support dissertation research by advanced graduate students who are working in partnership with Head Start programs and with faculty mentors. The closing date for applications is June 1, 2011. To learn more, go to http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&oppId=83014