November 4, 2011

In this Issue:

  1. Draft Data Standards and Definitions for Early Learning Systems - Opportunity to Comment
      Source: National Center for Education Statistics
  2. Starting Out Right: Pre-K and Kindergarten
      Source: Center for Public Education - November 1, 2011
  3. Today's Children, Tomorrow's America: Six Experts Face the Facts
      Source: Urban Institute - Retrieved November 4, 2011
  4. Evidence-Based Strategies for Training Adults to Use Assistive Technology and Adaptations
      Source: Tots 'n Tech Research Institute - Retrieved November 4, 2011
  5. 2012-2013 National Head Start Fellowships Program
      Source: Office of Head Start - Retrieved November 4, 2011
  6. Using Pre-K to Advance Education Reform: Opportunities for State Advisory Councils
      Source: Pre-K Now - October 31, 2011

1. Draft Data Standards and Definitions for Early Learning Systems - Opportunity to Comment

Source: National Center for Education Statistics

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is inviting comments on draft version 2 of the Common Education Data Standards (CEDS) until November 28, 2011. Version 2 includes data standards and definitions for early learning data systems, which were developed by early learning stakeholders from local school districts, state education agencies, national early childhood organizations, and the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services. CEDS are being developed to enable more consistent and comparable data to be used throughout all education levels and sectors, both within and across states. The aim is to increase the effective use of data for improved outcomes. To submit comments on the draft early learning elements, go to http://nces.ed.gov/programs/ceds/version2/el.asp

2. Starting Out Right: Pre-K and Kindergarten

Source: Center for Public Education - November 1, 2011

The Center for Public Education has published a new report Starting Out Right: Pre-K and Kindergarten (November 2011), which looks at the effect of various combinations of pre-k and kindergarten on third grade reading skills, a key predictor of future academic success. Findings show that children who attend pre-k and half-day kindergarten are more likely to have higher reading skills by the third grade than those who attend full-day kindergarten alone. The impact was greatest for Hispanic children, black children, English Language Learners and children from low-income families. The report is available at http://www.centerforpubliceducation.org/Main-Menu/Organizing-a-school/Starting-Out-Right-Pre-K-and-Kindergarten

3. Today's Children, Tomorrow's America: Six Experts Face the Facts

Source: Urban Institute - Retrieved November 4, 2011

The Urban Institute has published a new report, Today's Children, Tomorrow's America: Six Experts Face the Facts (October 2011), in which six scholars discuss early childhood programs and why these programs should be given more funding. It includes the following essays:

  • Children Caught in the Budget Crossfire, by Eugene Steuerle
  • Budgeting for Tomorrow's Workforce and Economy, by Robert D. Reischauer
  • Persistent Childhood Poverty's Double Whammy, by Margaret Simms
  • Translating Good Ideas into Budget Realities for Children, by Olivia Golden
  • The Children's Budget The Federal/State Bargain, by Kim Rueben
  • What Spending on Child Health Looks Like, by Lisa Dubay

To learn more and to access the report, go to http://www.urban.org/publications/412427.html

4. Evidence-Based Strategies for Training Adults to Use Assistive Technology and Adaptations

Source: Tots 'n Tech Research Institute - Retrieved November 4, 2011

The Tots 'n Tech Research Institute has published a research brief entitled Evidence-Based Strategies for Training Adults to Use Assistive Technology and Adaptations (2011, Research Brief, v.5, n.1) by C. J. Dunst and C. M. Trivette. The brief summarizes findings from a research synthesis of the effectiveness of different types of practices for promoting practitioner and parent adoption of different kinds of assistive technology and adaptations for young children with disabilities. It is available online at http://tnt.asu.edu/files/TotsNTech_ResearchBrief_2011.pdf

5. 2012-2013 National Head Start Fellowships Program

Source: Office of Head Start - Retrieved November 4, 2011

The Office of Head Start (OHS) recently released applications for the 2012-2013 National Head Start Fellowships program, which provides an opportunity for early childhood professionals to gain a national perspective into the operations of OHS and other Federal agencies serving children and families. In addition to work assignments, the Fellows take part in professional education and leadership development programs. The 12-month Fellowships start on September 1, 2012 and end on August 31, 2013. The deadline to submit applications is January 15, 2012. To learn more and to access the application, go to http://www.headstartresourcecenter.org/fellowship/

6. Using Pre-K to Advance Education Reform: Opportunities for State Advisory Councils

Source: Pre-K Now - October 31, 2011

Pre-K Now has released a new brief, Using Pre-K to Advance Education Reform: Opportunities for State Advisory Councils (October 2011), which highlights the promising practices of several states that included pre-k in their applications for federal State Advisory Council start-up funds. The brief describes State Advisory Council activities that focus on informing public school leaders about early learning research and promoting policy alignment between pre-k and public education. It also identifies specific steps Councils can take to maximize their states' investments in early education. It is available online at http://www.pewstates.org/research/reports/using-pre-k-to-advance-education-reform-85899378028