September 2, 2011

In this Issue:

  1. Harvard Podcast: Protecting Your Child’s Brain
      Source: Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University - August 24, 2011
  2. Hidden Violence: Protecting Young Children at Home
      Source: Bernard van Leer Foundation - Retrieved September 2, 2011
  3. New! Parents Interacting with Infants (PIWI) Training Module
      Source: Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning - Retrieved August 29, 2011
  4. Preschool Education: Delivering on the Promise for Latino Children
      Source: National Council of La Raza - Retrieved September 2, 2011
  5. Three New CELLcasts from the Center for Early Literacy Learning
      Source: Center for Early Literacy Learning - August 30, 2011
  6. New Early Learning Category Added to the Center on Instruction Web Site
      Source: Center on Instruction - Retrieved September 2, 2011
  7. 1st 2011 Issue of the International Journal of Early Childhood Special Education Available
      Source: International Journal of Early Childhood Special Education - Retrieved September 2, 2011
  8. Report Looks at the Characteristics of Infants in Foster Care
      Source: Chapin Hall - Retrieved September 2, 2011

1. Harvard Podcast: Protecting Your Child’s Brain

Source: Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University - August 24, 2011

On August 24, 2011, Jack Shonkoff, Director of the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, was featured in an interview during which he discussed the science behind early childhood development and how stable and nurturing relationships with adults promote successful learning and healthy brain development in young children. The resulting 15 minute podcast is available online at http://www.gse.harvard.edu/news-impact/2011/08/harvard-edcast-protecting-your-childs-brain

2. Hidden Violence: Protecting Young Children at Home

Source: Bernard van Leer Foundation - Retrieved September 2, 2011

Early Childhood Matters, a biannual journal published by the Bernard van Leer Foundation, recently published an article by Jack P. Shonkoff and Nathan Fox, which discusses stressful circumstances that can disrupt the developing architecture of the brain. The authors emphasize the importance of policies and programs that take into account the developmental needs of children living under these kinds of circumstances. The full text of the article, Hidden violence: Protecting young children at home (2011), is available free of charge on the Bernard van Leer Foundation Web site at http://bernardvanleer.org/Hidden-violence-Protecting-young-children-at-home?pubnr=1365&download=1

To learn more about publications related to early childhood that are available free of charge from the Bernard van Leer Foundation, go to http://www.bernardvanleer.org/English/Home/Publications.html

3. New! Parents Interacting with Infants (PIWI) Training Module

Source: Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning - Retrieved August 29, 2011

The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) recently released a new infant-toddler parent training module, designed to enhance the social emotional development of infants and toddlers through parent-child interactions and relationships. The materials were created for facilitators to provide a one-day training to parent-child groups and home visitors. To learn more, visit the Parents Interacting with Infants (PIWI) Module page at http://csefel.vanderbilt.edu/resources/training_piwi.html

4. Preschool Education: Delivering on the Promise for Latino Children

Source: National Council of La Raza - Retrieved September 2, 2011

The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) has published a new research report that looks at barriers to quality and access that limit the participation of Latino children and families in preschool and offers recommendations for state and federal policymakers on how to design a high-quality preschool education system that serves all children, including Latinos and English language learners (ELLs). Preschool Education: Delivering on the Promise for Latino Children (2011) is available full-text online at http://www.nclr.org/images/uploads/publications/Preschool_Education.pdf

5. Three New CELLcasts from the Center for Early Literacy Learning

Source: Center for Early Literacy Learning - August 30, 2011

The Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL) has released three new audio/video versions of CELL practice guides that can be viewed online or downloaded to an iPod/Mp3 player. The Right Touch encourages parents to use touch-and-feel books with infants to introduce them to books. Magic of Fliers and Magazines introduces many ideas for toddlers to make the connection between printed letters and spoken words. Write Right explores the benefits of inventive spelling through letters and symbols within the drawings of preschoolers. These CELLcasts are available at http://www.earlyliteracylearning.org/ta_cellcasts1.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.

6. New Early Learning Category Added to the Center on Instruction Web Site

Source: Center on Instruction - Retrieved September 2, 2011

The Center on Instruction (COI) has added a new early learning category to its Web site, highlighting evidence-based resources designed to facilitate children's cognitive, social-emotional, and physical development by providing instructional support in the content areas of emergent literacy, mathematics, and science. Materials also highlight early intervention for struggling learners and evidence-based instructional strategies for children who are learning English. All COI-developed materials are reviewed on the quality of the content, and the relevance and usefulness of the product. To learn more, go to http://centeroninstruction.org/topic.cfm?k=EL

The Center on Instruction (COI) is one of five national content centers, part of the Comprehensive Center network, that is funded by the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Office of Special Education Programs at the U.S. Department of Education.

7. 1st 2011 Issue of the International Journal of Early Childhood Special Education Available

Source: International Journal of Early Childhood Special Education - Retrieved September 2, 2011

The International Journal of Early Childhood Special Education (INT-JECSE) is an online, open-access, peer-reviewed journal offering scholarly articles on various issues related to young children with special needs (0-8 age) and their families. The full-text of the June 2011 issue is now available free of charge online at http://www.int-jecse.net/V3N1.htm

8. Report Looks at the Characteristics of Infants in Foster Care

Source: Chapin Hall - Retrieved September 2, 2011

A recent study by Chapin Hall looks at the characteristics of infants in foster care, focusing on key findings across five domains, including: incidence of first-time placements, duration in care, experiences in care, characteristics, and vulnerability for delayed development. Although infants in foster care face a number of challenges, the researchers found that early intervention programs, appropriate therapeutic responses, and caregiver training and support can reduce the harmful effects of stress that these children experience and improve the odds for better cognitive outcomes. Who Are the Infants in Out-of-Home Care? An Epidemiological and Developmental Snapshot (2011), by Fred Wulczyn, Michelle Ernst, and Philip Fisher, is available online at http://www.chapinhall.org/sites/default/files/publications/06_08_11_Issue%20Brief_F_1.pdf