June 10, 2011

In this Issue:

  1. U.S. Senate Subcommittee Hearing on Quality Early Education and Care
      Source: U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Children and Families - June 9, 2011
  2. Early Identification of Autism Spectrum Disorders Learning Module Available
      Source: National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders - June 9, 2011
  3. CONNECT Module 5 on Assistive Technology Interventions Now Available
      Source: CONNECT: The Center to Mobilize Early Childhood Knowledge - June 10, 2011
  4. New Resources from the Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation
      Source: Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation - Retrieved June 10, 2011
  5. New Publications from the Center for Early Literacy Learning
      Source: Center for Early Literacy Learning - June 8, 2011
  6. Twenty-five Year Follow-up Findings on the Benefits of High-Quality Preschool
      Source: Science Journal - June 9, 2011

1. U.S. Senate Subcommittee Hearing on Quality Early Education and Care

Source: U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Children and Families - June 9, 2011

On Thursday, June 9, 2011, the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Children and Families held a hearing entitled Getting the Most Bang for the Buck: Quality Early Education and Care. Witnesses discussed the importance of having a comprehensive early education and care program in the nation. A video of the hearing is available online at http://www.help.senate.gov/hearings/hearing/?id=4fd57df5-5056-9502-5d58-05502741ee44

See also, an Early Ed Watch blog post about the hearing from the New America Foundation's Early Education Initiative - http://earlyed.newamerica.net/blogposts/2011/hearing_features_bi_partisan_call_for_more_focus_on_child_care_and_early_ed-52763

2. Early Identification of Autism Spectrum Disorders Learning Module Available

Source: National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders - June 9, 2011

The National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) recently posted a new on-line module on the early identification of ASD. The module comes with videos (including home movies of babies who later develop ASD), case studies and other resources. It is available online at http://autismpdc.fpg.unc.edu/content/early-identification-asd-module

3. CONNECT Module 5 on Assistive Technology Interventions Now Available

Source: CONNECT: The Center to Mobilize Early Childhood Knowledge - June 10, 2011

CONNECT: The Center to Mobilize Early Childhood Knowledge has published a new online module on the purpose, use and potential benefits of assistive technology interventions when working with young children. CONNECT Modules are free online modules that include high quality videos, handouts and activities based on real life, practice-focused dilemmas.

4. New Resources from the Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation

Source: Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation - Retrieved June 10, 2011

The Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation recently published the following new resources:

  • Tutorial: Recognizing and Supporting the Social and Emotional Health of Young Children Birth to Age 5
    http://www.ecmhc.org/tutorials/social-emotional/index.html
    This tutorial provides early childhood mental health consultants with a detailed understanding of the behaviors related to social and emotional health in infants and young children, as well as strategies that adults can use to support these behaviors within every day routines and settings.
  • Infant Toddler Temperament Tool
    http://www.ecmhc.org/temperament/index.html
    This tool helps parents and caregivers explore their own temperament traits, as well as those of a child for whom they provide care. Results support parents and caregivers in understanding how adult and child similarities and differences in temperament traits may affect "goodness of fit" and provide tips to foster the unique temperament of each child within their care.

5. New Publications from the Center for Early Literacy Learning

Source: Center for Early Literacy Learning - June 8, 2011

The Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL) has released two new web-based publications:

  • Nursery Rhymes and the Early Communication, Language, and Literacy Development of Young Children with Disabilities (2011), by Carl J. Dunst and Ellen Gorman, is a CELLreview that examines research on the phonological and print-related awareness related to nursery rhyme knowledge in young children with disabilities. It is available at http://www.earlyliteracylearning.org/productscr.php
  • Development of Nursery Rhyme Knowledge in Preschool Children (2011), by Carl J. Dunst, is a CELLpaper that examines the age-related changes in the nursery rhyme knowledge of preschool children. It is available at http://www.earlyliteracylearning.org/productscp.php

6. Twenty-five Year Follow-up Findings on the Benefits of High-Quality Preschool

Source: Science Journal - June 9, 2011

New findings from a study following over 1,400 students, 957 from the Child-Parent Center Education Program and 529 from a control group, demonstrate once again that high-quality preschool can have significant long-lasting benefits. Twenty-five year follow-up results were published in the online version of Science on June 9, 2011, and showed that the children who attended the preschool program had higher educational attainment, income, socioeconomic status, and health insurance coverage, as well as lower rates of justice-system involvement and substance abuse. To learn more, go to http://www.sciencemag.org/content/333/6040/360.abstract

Citation: Reynolds, A. J., Temple, J. A., Ou S. R., Arteaga, I. A., White, B. A. B. (2011). School-based early childhood education and age-28 well-being: Effects by timing, dosage, and subgroups. Science. Published online June 9, 2011. doi: 10.1126/science.1203618