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Source: National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management - March 3, 2012
The National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management (NCHAM) has published the 2012 Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) eBook (2012), which represents the collective wisdom of many of the experts most actively involved in EHDI. It is meant to be a comprehensive and up-to-date reference and resource guide on EHDI.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families - Retrieved February 27, 2012
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families (ACF) recently published A Guide to Effective Consultation with Settings Serving Infants, Toddlers, and their Families (December 2011). The Guide defines core knowledge, competencies, and dispositions for consultants working with early care and education programs and settings serving infants, toddlers, and their families, including but not limited to: center-based child care; family child care; Early Head Start (EHS); family, friend, and neighbor care; Part C early intervention, home visiting and early childhood mental health. The development of the guide was a joint effort between the Office of Child Care and the National Infant & Toddler Child Care Initiative.
Source: The Forum at Harvard School of Public Health - Retrieved March 3, 2012
The Forum at Harvard School of Public Health has published a new on-demand webcast, The Toxic Stress of Early Childhood Adversity: Rethinking Health and Education Policy (February 2012), which features Jack P. Shonkoff, Center on the Developing Child Director; Robert W. Block, President of the American Academy of Pediatrics; and Roberto Rodríguez, Special Assistant to the President for Education Policy in the White House. The hour-long webcast examines how early childhood adversity impacts the development of young children, leaving them at higher risk for problems in learning, behavior, and health throughout their lifetimes — and how health and education policies might be used to mitigate such problems.
Source: Harvard Family Research Project - March 01, 2012
The Harvard Family Research Project has released a compilation of teaching cases in family engagement and early childhood education, which can be used as a tool in preparing early childhood educators to engage effectively with families. Teaching Cases on Family Engagement: Early Learning (Ages 0-8) (2012) provides examples of real-world situations and considers the perspectives of various stakeholders, including program staff, parents, children, and community members.
Source: Mathematica Policy Research - Retrieved March 3, 2012
In 2010 the Offices of Head Start and Child Care partnered with Zero to Three and Mathematica Policy Research to implement and evaluate the Early Head Start for Family Child Care project, which aimed to increase the capacity of family child care providers and better coordinate service delivery in communities. The project's final report, Building Partnerships Between Early Head Start Grantees and Family Child Care Providers: Lessons from the Early Head Start for Family Child Care Project - Final Report (December 2011), is now available online. The findings inform not only Early Head Start providers partnering with family child care, but other providers and policymakers interested in effectively engaging with family child care providers and improving the quality of care for children in those settings.
Source: Center for Early Literacy Learning - February 27, 2012
The Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL) has released two new CELLpops for practitioners and parents of infants. The CELLpops are interactive web versions of CELL mini-posters that include ideas to promote young children's early literacy learning. The two new Play Time CELLpops provide fun and easy ways to incorporate literacy into the everyday activity of play time with infants in the classroom or at home.
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.
Source: U.S. Department of Education - February 27, 2012
On February 27, 2012, the U.S. Department of Education published the following grant announcements in the Federal Register: