July 15, 2011

In this Issue:

  1. New! Early Learning Challenge Collaborative (ELCC)
      Source: BUILD Initiative and First Five Years Fund - July 15, 2011
  2. CDC Autism Fact Sheet Now Translated into Multiple Languages
      Source: USC University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities - Retrieved July 15, 2011
  3. Research Synthesis on Promoting the Speech and Language Production of Young Children with Disabilities
      Source: Center for Early Literacy Learning - July 11, 2011
  4. Strategies for Building an Aligned System for Early Learning
      Source: National Association of Elementary School Principals and the New America Foundation - Retrieved July 12, 2011
  5. Policy Analysis: Neuroscience and Special Education
      Source: Project Forum - July 12, 2011
  6. Early Head Start (EHS) Home-Based Model Resources Available
      Source: Office of Head Start - July 14, 2011
  7. New Reports on Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities and Prevention
      Source: Government Accountability Office and Child Welfare Information Gateway - Retrieved July 15, 2011

1. New! Early Learning Challenge Collaborative (ELCC)

Source: BUILD Initiative and First Five Years Fund - July 15, 2011

The Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge grant competition is meant to encourage states to develop comprehensive plans for raising the quality of early learning programs across the country. The BUILD Initiative and the First Five Years Fund recently announced that they are forming an Early Learning Challenge Collaborative (ELCC) to work with and support states as they plan, apply for, and implement the Early Learning Challenge Grants. To learn more, go to http://www.elccollaborative.org/

For additional information contact Kathy Glazer, BUILD State Services Director, kglazer@buildinitiative.org, 804-350-3782.

See also, the flyer at http://library.constantcontact.com/download/get/file/1102634765558-23/Early+Learning+Challenge+Collaborative+2Pager+ATTACHMENT.pdf

2. CDC Autism Fact Sheet Now Translated into Multiple Languages

Source: USC University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities - Retrieved July 15, 2011

The USC University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (USC UCEDD) has translated the "Learn the Signs. Act Early" Autism Fact Sheet from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) into multiple languages to reach underserved populations. The Autism Fact Sheet provides a one-page tool for clinicians to share with families to raise awareness about developmental delay, which may be related to autism or other developmental disabilities. It is now available in Arabic, Armenian, Farsi, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Tagalog, Thai, and Vietnamese at http://uscucedd.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=455&Itemid=426. It is available from CDC in Spanish and English at http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly/downloads.html

3. Research Synthesis on Promoting the Speech and Language Production of Young Children with Disabilities

Source: Center for Early Literacy Learning - July 11, 2011

The Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL) has published a new research synthesis that examines the extent to which adult use of sign and oral language with young children with disabilities facilitates or promotes the speech and language production of the children. Influences of Sign and Oral Language Interventions on the Speech and Oral Language Production of Young Children with Disabilities (CELLreview, 4(4), 2011), by Carl J. Dunst, Diana Meter, and Deborah W. Hamby, is available at http://www.earlyliteracylearning.org/cellreviews/cellreviews_v4_n4.pdf

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.

4. Strategies for Building an Aligned System for Early Learning

Source: National Association of Elementary School Principals and the New America Foundation - Retrieved July 12, 2011

The National Association of Elementary School Principals' (NAESP) Foundation Task Force on Early Learning recently published a report that recommends 10 action steps to guide the work involved in aligning early childhood and elementary education. Building and Supporting an Aligned System: A Vision for Transforming Education Across the Pre-K-Grade Three Years (2011) is available at http://www.naesp.org/transforming-early-childhood-education-pre-k-grade-3

On a related note, Samuel J. Meisels, president of the Erikson Institute in Chicago, recently posted a comment on the New America Foundation's Early Ed Watch Blog that discusses the importance of creating a high-quality continuum of learning that supports children's growth and development from preschool through 3rd grade. It is available at http://earlyed.newamerica.net/blogposts/2011/guest_post_on_beyond_pre_k-54623

5. Policy Analysis: Neuroscience and Special Education

Source: Project Forum - July 12, 2011

A new policy analysis from Project Forum at the National Association of State Directors of Special Education discusses how findings from neuroscience are being applied to special education, describes outcomes from the research bridging the two fields, and discusses how institutions of higher education are creating interdisciplinary links between the two. The analysis also profiles three programs currently serving children with disabilities that base their curriculum in part on findings from the field of neuroscience. The analysis is available at http://www.projectforum.org/docs/NeuroscienceandSPED.pdf

6. Early Head Start (EHS) Home-Based Model Resources Available

Source: Office of Head Start - July 14, 2011

The Office of Head Start recently launched a Web page with information on the Early Head Start (EHS) Home-Based Model, which is one of 8 evidence-based home visiting models selected for the Affordable Care Act Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program. The Web page includes an overview of the EHS Home-Based Model, a video entitled Head Start Beginning at Home, and resources for implementing the model. It is available at http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/tta-system/ehsnrc/Early%20Head%20Start/home-based-model

7. New Reports on Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities and Prevention

Source: Government Accountability Office and Child Welfare Information Gateway - Retrieved July 15, 2011

Every year, children in the United States die as a result of abuse and neglect, often at the hands of adults who are entrusted with their care. Infants and toddlers are the most frequent victims. The Child Welfare Information Gateway recently published a fact sheet showing that in 2009, children younger than one accounted for 46.2% of fatalities and children younger than four accounted for 80.8% of fatalities. See Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities 2009: Statistics and Interventions (2011) at http://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/factsheets/fatality.cfm

On July 7, 2011, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report that includes recommendations on enhancing the quality of data that is collected on these kinds of fatalities and improving the dissemination of available information to aid in prevention. Child Maltreatment: Strengthening National Data on Child Fatalities Could Aid in Prevention (GAO-11-599, July 7, 2011) is available online at http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-11-599. A related testimony (GAO-11-811T, July 12, 2011) by Kay E. Brown before the Subcommittee on Human Resources, House Committee on Ways and Means is also available at http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-11-811