May 6, 2011

In this Issue:

  1. State Profiles of Early Childhood Advisory Councils
      Source: NGA Center and the Department of Health and Human Services
  2. Report on Building the Components of an Early Childhood System
      Source: Build Initiative - May 2, 2011
  3. Data on Maltreatment of Very Young Children and Its Impact on Development
      Source: Child Trends - Retrieved May 2, 2011
  4. Review of Evidence-Based Practices for Children Exposed to Violence
      Source: Department of Justice and the Department of Health and Human Services - Retrieved May 3, 2011
  5. InBrief Videos from the Center on the Developing Child - Now Available In Spanish
      Source: Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University - Retrieved May 6, 2011
  6. PALS Journal from the Center for Early Literacy Learning
      Source: Center for Early Literacy Learning - Retrieved May 3, 2011
  7. Autism Awareness Resources Posted by the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
      Source: National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities

1. State Profiles of Early Childhood Advisory Councils

Source: NGA Center and the Department of Health and Human Services

As part of the Improving Head Start Act of 2007, states were mandated to create Early Childhood Advisory Councils (ECACs) to develop coordinated systems of early childhood education and care. In 2010, ECACs in 45 states and 5 territories received $100 million in noncompetitive 3-year start-up grants through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The National Governors Association, Center for Best Practices (NGA Center), in partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services, has developed state profiles of all the state councils receiving federals funds. Each profile provides an overview of the state council's administering agency, history, membership, activities, priorities for ARRA funds, and communication strategies. The information is based on a review of state ARRA grant applications, as well as updates provided by council leadership in April 2011. View the state profiles.

2. Report on Building the Components of an Early Childhood System

Source: Build Initiative - May 2, 2011

The Build Initiative has published a report entitled A Framework for State Leadership and Action in Building the Components of an Early Childhood System (2011), by Charlie Bruner, which contains practical examples of successfully-applied policies within and across state early childhood systems. It is the culmination of two years of research and is meant to be a resource for systems builders and members of state advisory councils involved with the delivery of comprehensive services to young children and families. To access the report, go to http://www.buildinitiative.org/files/resources/Bruner%20Four%20Ovals.pdf

3. Data on Maltreatment of Very Young Children and Its Impact on Development

Source: Child Trends - Retrieved May 2, 2011

Child Trends has released a new publication, Young and Vulnerable: Children Five and Under Experience High Maltreatment Rates (April 2011), which provides detailed, state-specific maltreatment data for children from birth to five years old and examines the short- and long-term impact of abuse or neglect during early childhood on brain development, physical health, emotional and social outcomes, and educational trajectories. The brief also discusses federal and state policies related to preventing maltreatment. It is available at ttp://www.childtrends.org/Files//Child_Trends-2011_04_29_ECH_YoungVulnerable.pdf

4. Review of Evidence-Based Practices for Children Exposed to Violence

Source: Department of Justice and the Department of Health and Human Services - Retrieved May 3, 2011

The Department of Justice and the Department of Health and Human Services have published a new report, Evidence-Based Practices for Children Exposed to Violence: A Selection From Federal Databases (2011), which includes a matrix of 42 effective programs and 13 promising programs that address childhood exposure to violence. The matrix provides: a rating for each program; the age range for the children served; outcome indicators; and whether the program increased resilience, reduced trauma symptoms, or reduced incidence. A number of the programs target children under the age of 5. To access the report, go to http://www.safestartcenter.org/pdf/Evidence-Based-Practices-Matrix_2011.pdf

5. InBrief Videos from the Center on the Developing Child - Now Available In Spanish

Source: Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University - Retrieved May 6, 2011

Three videos from the Center on the Developing Child's InBrief series are now available in Spanish, including:

  • InBrief: The Science of Early Childhood Development
  • InBrief: The Impact of Adversity on Children's Development
  • InBrief: The Foundations of Lifelong Health
They can be accessed at http://developingchild.harvard.edu/index.php/resources/multimedia/videos/non_english_videos/

6. PALS Journal from the Center for Early Literacy Learning

Source: Center for Early Literacy Learning - Retrieved May 3, 2011

The Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL) has released of a new product called the PALS Journal. The journal is a log that can be used to record how parents or practitioners implement each phase of the Participatory Adult Learning Strategy (PALS). It can be used by trainers or coaches to prepare for the delivery of CELL practices with parents or practitioners. It is available at http://www.earlyliteracylearning.org/ta_pract_tools1.php#palsjournal

7. Autism Awareness Resources Posted by the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities

Source: National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities

The National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) recently posted feature articles about autism on CDC's home page:

NCBDDD also recorded 2 podcasts encouraging parents to learn about developmental milestones: