April 29, 2011

In this Issue:

  1. The State of Preschool 2010: State Preschool Yearbook
      Source: National Institute for Early Education Research - April 26, 2011
  2. May 3rd is National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day
      Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, HHS - April 29, 2011
  3. Home Visiting Community Planning Tool from ZERO TO THREE
      Source: ZERO TO THREE - Retrieved April 29, 2011
  4. Young Children of Immigrants and the Path to Educational Success
      Source: Urban Institute - April 27, 2011
  5. Promising State Child Care Quality and Infant/Toddler Initiatives
      Source: National Women's Law Center - Retrieved April 29, 2011
  6. New Policy Brief about Preparing Skilled and Effective Teachers of Young Children
      Source: National Institute for Early Education Research - April 19, 2011
  7. Early Childhood Education Professional Development: Training and Technical Assistance Glossary
      Source: National Association for the Education of Young Children and National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies - Retrieved April 29, 2011

1. The State of Preschool 2010: State Preschool Yearbook

Source: National Institute for Early Education Research - April 26, 2011

The National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) has released the eighth in a series of annual reports profiling state-funded prekindergarten programs in the United States. The State of Preschool 2010: State Preschool Yearbook (2011) presents data on state-funded prekindergarten during the 2009-2010 school year, showing that total enrollment barely increased over the prior year, total spending by the states decreased, and per-child spending declined in inflation-adjusted dollars. It is available online at http://nieer.org/yearbook/

At a press conference for the yearbook, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan spoke about federal investments in preschool education, particularly concerning Race to the Top funding. His remarks are available online at http://www.ed.gov/news/speeches/secretary-arne-duncans-remarks-release-national-institute-early-education-research-rep

2. May 3rd is National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day

Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, HHS - April 29, 2011

May 3rd is National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day, part of an initiative of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, which seeks to raise awareness about the importance of children's mental health to a child's healthy development from birth on. This year, the national theme will focus on building resilience in young children dealing with trauma. To learn more, go to http://www.samhsa.gov/children/national.asp

3. Home Visiting Community Planning Tool from ZERO TO THREE

Source: ZERO TO THREE - Retrieved April 29, 2011

ZERO TO THREE has released a new tool to help communities use data to identify their strengths, needs, and gaps in current home visiting services; choose an evidence-based program model; and align work at the local level with state efforts. The new Home Visiting Community Planning Tool is available online at http://www.zerotothree.org/public-policy/state-community-policy/professional-resources.html

4. Young Children of Immigrants and the Path to Educational Success

Source: Urban Institute - April 27, 2011

The population of young children of immigrants doubled between 1990 and 2008, changing the demographic makeup of early childhood classrooms around the country. A new paper from the Urban Institute, Young Children of Immigrants and the Path to Educational Success: Key Themes from an Urban Institute Roundtable (Paril 2011), by Olivia Golden and Karina Fortuny, addresses the specific needs of young children of immigrants and looks at key questions about whether early childhood programs are doing a good job teaching these young children. It is available online at http://www.urban.org/publications/412330.html

5. Promising State Child Care Quality and Infant/Toddler Initiatives

Source: National Women's Law Center - Retrieved April 29, 2011

To obtain a snapshot of notable state quality improvement initiatives related to child care, the National Women's Law Center recently asked child care administrators in each of the fifty states and the District of Columbia to identify their states' most promising quality initiative and most promising infant/toddler initiative, including those supported with the help of federal funding. The resulting report, Promising State Child Care Quality and Infant/Toddler Initiatives (April 2011), is now available online at http://www.nwlc.org/resource/promising-state-child-care-quality-and-infanttoddler-initiatives

6. New Policy Brief about Preparing Skilled and Effective Teachers of Young Children

Source: National Institute for Early Education Research - April 19, 2011

A new policy brief developed jointly by National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) and the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment (CSCCE) argues that there has been too much focus on debating baseline qualifications such as AA and BA degrees for teachers of young children and not enough focus on the actual education these teachers receive, the support they get for ongoing learning, and the effects of the workplace environment on their teaching practice. Degrees in Context: Asking the Right Questions about Preparing Skilled and Effective Teachers of Young Children (NIEER Policy Brief - Issue 22, April 2011), by Marcy Whitebook and Sharon Ryan, is available online at http://nieer.org/publications/policy-matters-policy-briefs/policy-brief-%E2%80%93-degrees-context-asking-right-questions

7. Early Childhood Education Professional Development: Training and Technical Assistance Glossary

Source: National Association for the Education of Young Children and National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies - Retrieved April 29, 2011

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (NACCRRA) have released a new Early Childhood Education Professional Development: Training and Technical Assistance Glossary (2011), which is meant to provide common understandings, or starting points, for individuals who provide professional development (PD), state policy makers, early education advocates, and program administrators working to connect PD activities and initiatives. It is available at http://www.naeyc.org/policy/ecwsi#PD_definitions