March 30, 2012

In this Issue:

  1. Autism Prevalence in the United States Increases to 1 in 88 Children
      Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - March 30, 2012
  2. Dual Language Learners in State Early Learning Guidelines and Standards
      Source: Office of Head Start, National Center on Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness - March 30, 2012
  3. The Tots-n-Tech Research Institute Seeks Your Input
      Source: Tots 'n Tech Research Institute - March 29, 2012
  4. Our Youngest Children: Early Head Start Programs in 2010
      Source: CLASP - March 28, 2012
  5. Governors' 2012 State of the State Addresses: Mentions of Early Care and Education
      Source: National Women's Law Center - March 23, 2012
  6. April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month
      Source: Child Welfare Information Gateway - March 30, 2012
  7. Blog Series: Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge Winners
      Source: New America Foundation - March 30, 2012

1. Autism Prevalence in the United States Increases to 1 in 88 Children

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - March 30, 2012

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released new data on the prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs), suggesting that 1 in 88 children in the U.S. has been identified with an ASD (1 in 54 for boys and 1 in 252 girls). The estimate is based on data collected during 2008. It marks a 23% increase since the previous report published in 2009 and a 78% increase since the first report published in 2007. The largest increases over time were among Hispanic children (110%) and black children (91%). The researchers suggest that some of this may be due to greater awareness and better identification among these groups; however this would only explain part of the increase. Read the full scientific article and the related community report.

On a related note, April is Autism Awareness Month. The Autism Society of America has free resources available to share with your community and is encouraging individuals to wear blue in support of individuals with ASD on Monday, April 2nd, which is International Autism Awareness Day.

2. Dual Language Learners in State Early Learning Guidelines and Standards

Source: Office of Head Start, National Center on Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness - March 30, 2012

The Office of Head Start's National Center on Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness has released a new resource, Dual Language Learners in State Early Learning Guidelines and Standards (March 2012). The resource includes an at-a-glance table that provides a snapshot of where DLLs are referenced in state and territory guidelines, standards, and supporting documents, as well as a table that includes portions of text referring to dual language learners from the guidelines and standards.

3. The Tots-n-Tech Research Institute Seeks Your Input

Source: Tots 'n Tech Research Institute - March 29, 2012

The Tots 'n Tech Research Institute is gathering feedback on their newly launched help desk, which provides a wealth of current information about adaptations and assistive technology (AT) for infants and toddlers. To provide feedback, try out the Help Desk and then click on the "Did you find what you were looking for?" button in the right column. You can also send more detailed feedback by using the Contact Us tab at the top of the page. The TnT staff thanks you in advance for your help in making the site as useful as possible.

4. Our Youngest Children: Early Head Start Programs in 2010

Source: CLASP - March 28, 2012

CLASP has published a new analysis based on data from recent Head Start Program Information Reports (PIR). Supporting Our Youngest Children: Early Head Start Programs in 2010 (March 2012) describes the children and families served by Early Head Start (EHS) in 2010, EHS programs and staff in 2010, and trends from 2002 to 2010.

5. Governors' 2012 State of the State Addresses: Mentions of Early Care and Education

Source: National Women's Law Center - March 23, 2012

The National Women's Law Center has published a new fact sheet showing that 22 governors mentioned early care and education in their 2012 state of the state addresses. Governors' 2012 State of the State Addresses: Mentions of Early Care and Education (March 2012) provides excerpts from the speeches related to early care and education, as well as links to the entire speeches. Seven states have not had, and are not scheduled to have, state of the state addresses.

6. April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Source: Child Welfare Information Gateway - March 30, 2012

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and an opportunity to create strong communities to support families and keep children safe. Visit the National Child Abuse Prevention Month Website for the 2012 Resource Guide, tip sheets, calendar, online media toolkit, and more.

7. Blog Series: Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge Winners

Source: New America Foundation - March 30, 2012

The New America Foundation's Early Education Initiative has published a new report that combines their six-part Blog Series: Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge Winners (February-March 2012) into one document. It includes the following sections:

  • The 'Race to the Top' Winners: How States Plan to Use Quality Ratings Systems
  • The 'Race to the Top' Winners: Evaluating Quality Ratings Systems
  • The 'Race to the Top' Winners: How States Plan to Improve Early Learning Standards
  • The 'Race to the Top' Winners: How States Plan to Develop the Workforce
  • The 'Race to the Top' Winners: How States Plan to Assess Kindergarten Readiness
  • The 'Race to the Top' Winners: How States Plan to Include Early Grades