August 26, 2011

In this Issue:

  1. Final Application For Race To The Top-Early Learning Challenge Released
      Source: U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services - August 23, 2011
  2. Parents and the High Cost of Child Care: 2011 Update
      Source: National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies - August 24, 2011
  3. New Report Evaluates States' Spending on Home Visiting Programs
      Source: Pew Center on the States' Home Visiting Campaign - August 24, 2011
  4. Special Section of Science Magazine Focuses on Investing Early in Education
      Source: Science - August 19, 2011
  5. Video of Panel Discussion on Early Childhood Education Reform
      Source: Brookings Institution - Retrieved August 24, 2011
  6. Longitudinal View of Receptive Vocabulary and Math Achievement of Young Children with Disabilities
      Source: Institute of Education Sciences. National Center for Special Education Research - August 25, 2011
  7. New Interactive "CELLpops" to Help Parents Promote Early Literacy Learning
      Source: Center for Early Literacy Learning - August 24, 2011

1. Final Application For Race To The Top-Early Learning Challenge Released

Source: U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services - August 23, 2011

On August 23, 2011, the Obama administration released the final application for the Race To The Top-Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC), which will provide $500 million in state-level competitive grants to improve early learning and development programs. The goal of the RTT-ELC is to better prepare more children with high needs for kindergarten. Grant awards will range from around $50 to $100 million, depending on state population and proposed plans. Applications are due on October 19, 2011. The Departments of Education and Health and Human Services will announce winners in December, 2011.

2. Parents and the High Cost of Child Care: 2011 Update

Source: National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies - August 24, 2011

The National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (NACCRRA) has published Parents and the High Cost of Child Care: 2011 Update, which updates information about child care costs for infants, 4-year-olds, and school-age care in centers and family child care homes. The report also compares the cost of child care to household income, expenses and college tuition. This year's report shows that the cost of child care continued to increase in 2010. In 36 states, the average annual cost for center-based care for an infant was higher than a year's tuition and related fees at a four-year public college. In 24 states, center-based child care fees for an infant exceeded annual median rent payments. To learn more and to see the full report, go to http://www.naccrra.org/publications/naccrra-publications/parents-and-high-cost-of-child-care-2011.php

3. New Report Evaluates States' Spending on Home Visiting Programs

Source: Pew Center on the States' Home Visiting Campaign - August 24, 2011

On August 24, 2011, the Pew Center on the States' Home Visiting Campaign released a 50-state report on funding for voluntary home visiting programs. States and the New Federal Home Visiting Program: An Assessment from the Starting Line (August 2011) looks at the extent to which each state is supporting evidence-based program models and how well each is tracking whether public expenditures are resulting in improved outcomes. The report also provides a roadmap for policy makers interested in making strategic investments in programs that help strengthen families. To learn more and to access the full report, go to http://www.pewstates.org/research/data-visualizations/home-visiting-inventory-interactive-85899372712

4. Special Section of Science Magazine Focuses on Investing Early in Education

Source: Science - August 19, 2011

A special section of the August 19, 2011 issue of Science looks at what is known about early childhood education and its impacts, and what remains to be explored. To learn more and to read the full free introduction, go to http://www.sciencemag.org/content/333/6045.toc#SpecialIssue

5. Video of Panel Discussion on Early Childhood Education Reform

Source: Brookings Institution - Retrieved August 24, 2011

On August 22, 2011, the Brookings Institution hosted a panel discussion on early education, centered around an article by Dr. Steven Barnett published in the August 19, 2011 issue of Science journal, entitled Effectiveness of Early Educational Intervention. The event included a discussion with the head of the national Head Start Association and other early education experts. Dr. Barnett gave the keynote address. To view a video of the event, go to http://www.c-span.org/Events/Benefits-of-Early-Education-Debated/10737423641-1/

6. Longitudinal View of Receptive Vocabulary and Math Achievement of Young Children with Disabilities

Source: Institute of Education Sciences. National Center for Special Education Research - August 25, 2011

The National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER) within the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) has released a new report, entitled A Longitudinal View of the Receptive Vocabulary and Math Achievement of Young Children with Disabilities (2011). The report summarizes findings from a study that used data from the Pre-Elementary Education Longitudinal Study to look at how children who received preschool special education services perform over time on assessments of receptive vocabulary and math skills. It also looks at how their receptive vocabulary and math performance vary over time by primary disability category. To access the report online, go to http://ies.ed.gov/ncser/pubs/20113006/

7. New Interactive "CELLpops" to Help Parents Promote Early Literacy Learning

Source: Center for Early Literacy Learning - August 24, 2011

The Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL) has released two new CELLpops for parents of preschoolers. CELLpops are interactive web versions of CELL mini-posters that parents can use to promote their children's early literacy learning. On the Go provides families with fun and easy ways to engage in literacy learning while riding in the car. Neighborhood Walks provides families ways to engage in literacy learning during a neighborhood walk. The CELLpops and CELL mini posters are available at http://www.earlyliteracylearning.org/ta_cell_pop1.php

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.