April 5, 2012

In this Issue:

  1. Video - Starting Life Without a Home
      Source: ZERO TO THREE - April 2, 2012
  2. Guidance on Safe Sleep Practices in Child Care and Early Education Settings
      Source: American Academy of Pediatrics, et al. - Retrieved April 2, 2012
  3. QRIS in Statute and Regulation
      Source: National Center on Child Care Quality Improvement - March 28, 2012
  4. Incorporating Child Assessments into Quality Rating and Improvement Systems
      Source: RAND Corporation - Retrieved April 4, 2012
  5. Recorded Webinar on the Use of Assistive Technology in Early Intervention
      Source: Association of University Centers on Disabilities - April 4, 2012
  6. Building the Workforce Our Youngest Children Deserve
      Source: Society for Research in Child Development - Retrieved April 5, 2012
  7. Two New Music and Movement CELLpops for Promoting Early Literacy Learning with Infants
      Source: Center for Early Literacy Learning - April 4, 2012

1. Video - Starting Life Without a Home

Source: ZERO TO THREE - April 2, 2012

ZERO TO THREE has produced a 7:34 minute video with highlights from a recent Congressional briefing on supporting homeless infants and toddlers. Starting Life Without a Home (2012) describes the negative effects of family homelessness on the developmental needs of young children and provides examples of successful intervention programs.

2. Guidance on Safe Sleep Practices in Child Care and Early Education Settings

Source: American Academy of Pediatrics, et al. - Retrieved April 2, 2012

The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Public Health Association, and the National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education recently released Safe Sleep Practices and SIDS/Suffocation Risk Reduction (2012) [also available in PDF format]. The document describes 27 nationally recognized standards on safe sleep and reducing the risk of sudden infant death syndrome and suffocation in child care and early education settings. The standards are taken from Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards; Guidelines for Early Care and Education Programs (3rd Ed., 2011).

3. QRIS in Statute and Regulation

Source: National Center on Child Care Quality Improvement - March 28, 2012

The National Center on Child Care Quality Improvement has published a new document, QRIS in Statute and Regulation (March 2012), which provides an overview of how Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRISs) are embedded into policy at the state level through statute and regulation.

4. Incorporating Child Assessments into Quality Rating and Improvement Systems

Source: RAND Corporation - Retrieved April 4, 2012

The RAND Corporation recently published a new occasional paper, Moving to Outcomes: Approaches to Incorporating Child Assessments into State Early Childhood Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (2012), by Gail L. Zellman and Lynn A. Karoly. The paper discusses five strategies for states to consider for incorporating child assessments into Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRISs) and offers guidance about when and how to use these approaches.

5. Recorded Webinar on the Use of Assistive Technology in Early Intervention

Source: Association of University Centers on Disabilities - April 4, 2012

A 60 minute webinar, The Use of Assistive Technology in Early Intervention, presented by Philippa H. Campbell on March 27, 2012, is now available online. The webinar provides information about how Assistive Technology (AT) is used with infants and toddlers in early intervention and includes information on resources that are available to help providers or caregivers increase children's learning and participation. It was hosted by the Early Intervention/ Early Childhood (EIEC) Special Interest Group of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD).

6. Building the Workforce Our Youngest Children Deserve

Source: Society for Research in Child Development - Retrieved April 5, 2012

The first 2012 issue of the Social Policy Report from the Society for Research in Child Development is dedicated to the topic Building the Workforce Our Youngest Children Deserve (2012). One major theme of the issue is the need to integrate the two policy streams represented by the terms "early education" and "child care." It builds on the report of a workshop held by the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council entitled The Early Childhood Care and Education Workforce: Challenges and Opportunities (2012).

7. Two New Music and Movement CELLpops for Promoting Early Literacy Learning with Infants

Source: Center for Early Literacy Learning - April 4, 2012

The Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL) has released two new CELLpops for practitioners and parents to use with infants. The CELLpops are interactive web versions of CELL mini-posters that include ideas that can be used to promote young children's early literacy learning. The two new Music and Movement CELLpops include different kinds of activities that can be used by practitioners in their classrooms or parents can use in their homes to use music for promoting the early literacy learning of very young children.

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.