October 14, 2011

In this Issue:

  1. State Child Care Assistance Policies 2011: Reduced Support for Families in Challenging Times
      Source: National Women's Law Center - October 11, 2011
  2. New Tutorial on Partnering with Families in Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation
      Source: Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation - Retrieved October 13, 2011
  3. New Video Series Illustrates Three Core Concepts in Early Development
      Source: Center on the Developing Child and National Scientific Council on the Developing Child - Retrieved October 14, 2011
  4. Research Review: PreK-Grade 3 Reading and Literacy Practices That Matter
      Source: Education Commission of the States - October 7, 2011
  5. Outdoor Fun for Toddlers - CELLpops and Mini-Posters
      Source: Center for Early Literacy Learning - October 10, 2011
  6. New “Little Kids, Big Questions” Podcast Series
      Source: ZERO TO THREE - October 13, 2011

1. State Child Care Assistance Policies 2011: Reduced Support for Families in Challenging Times

Source: National Women's Law Center - October 11, 2011

The National Women's Law Center has issued a new state-by-state report, State Child Care Assistance Policies 2011: Reduced Support For Families in Challenging Times (October 2011), which shows that families are worse off under current child care assistance policies than they were not only in 2010, but also a decade ago. The authors find that far too many families are unable to receive adequate child care assistance and suggest that the situation is likely to worsen in coming years, making it more difficult for parents to work and less likely that vulnerable children will receive the care they need for optimal growth and learning.

A summary of findings is available in the press release at http://www.nwlc.org/press-release/low-income-families-losing-ground-under-child-care-assistance-policies-37-states-new-n

The full report is available at http://www.nwlc.org/sites/default/files/pdfs/state_child_care_assistance_policies_report2011_final.pdf

2. New Tutorial on Partnering with Families in Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation

Source: Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation - Retrieved October 13, 2011

The Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (CECMHC) has published a new toolkit designed to provide early childhood mental health consultants with an understanding of key practices that support strong, relationship-based partnerships with families. Consultants can use the information to strengthen their own relationships with families and to coach other caregivers of young children to strengthen their bonds with families. Tutorial 8: Partnering with Families in Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation is available online at http://www.ecmhc.org/tutorials/family-engagement/index.html

3. New Video Series Illustrates Three Core Concepts in Early Development

Source: Center on the Developing Child and National Scientific Council on the Developing Child - Retrieved October 14, 2011

The Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University and the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child have released a new, three-part video series illustrating how advances in neuroscience, molecular biology, and genomics provide us with a much better understanding of how early experiences are built into our bodies and brains, for better or for worse. To view videos and read more about the series, go to http://developingchild.harvard.edu/resources/multimedia/videos/three_core_concepts/

4. Research Review: PreK-Grade 3 Reading and Literacy Practices That Matter

Source: Education Commission of the States - October 7, 2011

The Education Commission of the States recently released a research review entitled PreK-Grade 3 Reading and Literacy Practices That Matter (October 2011) that reviews five studies of Pre-K to 3rd grade reading and literacy practices. Policy recommendations on practices that matter are included for each of the five studies. It is available online at http://www.ecs.org/clearinghouse/95/73/9573.pdf

5. Outdoor Fun for Toddlers - CELLpops and Mini-Posters

Source: Center for Early Literacy Learning - October 10, 2011

The Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL) has released two new CELLpops, Outdoor Fun for Toddlers that can be used by parents or practitioners to provide toddlers with fun and easy ways to bring early literacy learning into everyday outdoor activities. The CELLpops are interactive web versions of CELL mini-posters that can be used to promote children's early literacy learning. They 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.

6. New “Little Kids, Big Questions” Podcast Series

Source: ZERO TO THREE - October 13, 2011

ZERO TO THREE, with funding from MetLife Foundation, has produced a new series of 12 podcasts with leading experts that translate the research of early childhood development into practices that parents and other caregivers can use to meet the needs of their children. The Little Kids, Big Questions series can be accessed online at http://www.zerotothree.org/about-us/funded-projects/parenting-resources/podcast/