March 16, 2012

In this Issue:

  1. Building Blocks for a Strong Preschool to Early Elementary Education System
      Source: RAND Corporation - Retrieved March 12, 2012
  2. New Developments in Early Childhood Education
      Source: Harvard Family Research Project - March 15, 2012
  3. Updates from the Tots 'n Tech Research Institute
      Source: Tots 'n Tech Research Institute - Retrieved March 15, 2012
  4. Leaving Children to Chance: 2012 Update
      Source: National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies - Retrieved March 15, 2012
  5. New "CELLpops" from the Center for Early Literacy Learning
      Source: Center for Early Literacy Learning - March 15, 2012
  6. U.S. Department of Education Awards 28 New Special Education Research and Research Training Grants
      Source: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Special Education Research - March 6, 2012

1. Building Blocks for a Strong Preschool to Early Elementary Education System

Source: RAND Corporation - Retrieved March 12, 2012

The RAND Corporation has released testimony presented before the Council of the District of Columbia, Committee of the Whole on February 16, 2012. Building Blocks for a Strong Preschool to Early Elementary Education System by Lynn A. Karoly discusses what is known about differences in children's school readiness, how high quality early learning experiences can help prepare children for success in school, and the core building blocks of strong P-3 systems that address readiness gaps and support children's development.

2. New Developments in Early Childhood Education

Source: Harvard Family Research Project - March 15, 2012

The Family Involvement Network of Educators (FINE) at the Harvard Family Research Project has published its March 2012 newsletter, which is devoted to New Developments in Early Childhood Education. The newsletter highlights new developments in early childhood education (ECE), explores what current research and practice are saying about the importance of involving families early in a child's education, and looks at how organizations like the U.S. Department of Education and the Office of Head Start are reshaping the way ECE programs across the country are thinking about the role of families.

3. Updates from the Tots 'n Tech Research Institute

Source: Tots 'n Tech Research Institute - Retrieved March 15, 2012

The Tots 'n Tech Research Institute (TnT) has published its March 2012 Newsletter, which provides information on integrating iPad use into everyday activities and routines to promote the participation of all young children.

The Institute has also been updating its new Tots 'n Tech Helpdesk, which provides a wealth of current information about adaptations and assistive technology (AT) for infants and toddlers. It is designed to make it easy to find adaptations or AT solutions for everyday situations.

4. Leaving Children to Chance: 2012 Update

Source: National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies - Retrieved March 15, 2012

The National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (NACCRRA) has released its latest report ranking states on their small family child care home standards and oversight policies. The report, Leaving Children to Chance: NACCRRA's Ranking of State Standards and Oversight of Small Family Child Care Homes: 2012 Update shows that only four states scored 70 percent or higher on the basic requirements needed to ensure that children being cared for in small family child care homes are safe and in settings that promote healthy development. Sixteen states received a score of zero.

5. New "CELLpops" from the Center for Early Literacy Learning

Source: Center for Early Literacy Learning - March 15, 2012

The Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL) has released two new CELLpops for practitioners and parents. The CELLpops are interactive web versions of CELL mini-posters that include ideas can be used to promote young children's early literacy learning. The two Meals & Snacks CELLpops include different activities that can be used in the classroom or at home with toddlers and preschoolers to encourage early literacy learning opportunities during meal times.

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. U.S. Department of Education Awards 28 New Special Education Research and Research Training Grants

Source: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Special Education Research - March 6, 2012

The U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER) recently made a total of 28 awards to applications considered under the June 2011 deadline for FY 2012 Special Education Research and Research Training Grants, representing a $48 million investment into special education research. A number of the awards focus on early intervention and early learning in special education.