April 27, 2012

In this Issue:

  1. Literacy in the Sciences Tip Sheets from Reading Rockets
      Source: Reading Rockets - April 24, 2012
  2. Head Start Funding Opportunities Now Available
      Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Head Start - April 19, 2012
  3. PreK-3rd: Next Steps for State Longitudinal Data Systems
      Source: Foundation for Child Development - April 27, 2012
  4. Two New WWC Reports Focus on Play-based Interventions and Milieu Teaching
      Source: What Works Clearinghouse, Institute of Education Sciences - April 24, 2012
  5. Tutorial - Implementing and Evaluating Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Services
      Source: Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation - April 27, 2012

1. Literacy in the Sciences Tip Sheets from Reading Rockets

Source: Reading Rockets - April 24, 2012

Reading Rockets now has 18 tip sheets in its Literacy in the Sciences series. These tip sheets are written for parents and are available in English and Spanish. Each tip sheet includes simple activities parents can do with their children to build literacy and beginning science skills. Topics include predicting, measuring, patterns and categorizing, sequence, cause and effect, inference, the vocabulary of science, and more. Each tip sheet also includes a set of recommended picture books to extend the learning.

2. Head Start Funding Opportunities Now Available

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Head Start - April 19, 2012

On April 19, 2012, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced the availability of Head Start funding opportunities in 97 service areas across the country. These funding opportunities are consistent with the new Head Start regulations finalized on December 9, 2011 requiring that Head Start grantees failing to meet rigorous quality benchmarks compete for continued federal funding. The funding opportunities are open to all eligible organizations. Applicants have 90 days to submit their grant proposals. For complete information, see the Applicant Support Web site.

Head Start funding opportunity announcements will be released in two groups to help plan potential transitions at natural breaks in services, minimizing disruptions to children, families and staff. Additional funding opportunity announcements will be available in May.

3. PreK-3rd: Next Steps for State Longitudinal Data Systems

Source: Foundation for Child Development - April 27, 2012

The Foundation for Child Development has published a new Policy to Action Brief, PreK-3rd: Next Steps for State Longitudinal Data Systems (2012), by Donald J. Hernandez, which describes the importance of incorporating Pre-K data into state longitudinal data systems as a critical first step to assessing children's early education experiences and the impact of early education on later school success. The author describes some of the barriers to developing fully integrated PreK-12 longitudinal data systems and provides recommendations.

4. Two New WWC Reports Focus on Play-based Interventions and Milieu Teaching

Source: What Works Clearinghouse, Institute of Education Sciences - April 24, 2012

Play-based interventions are practices designed to improve socio-emotional, physical, language, and cognitive development through guided interactive play. The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) recently reviewed 62 studies of Play-based Interventions for preschool children with disabilities in early education settings and found that none of them met WWC evidence standards. This means that the WWC is unable to draw any conclusions based on research about the effectiveness or ineffectiveness of this intervention. View the full report.

Milieu teaching is a practice that involves manipulating or arranging stimuli in a preschool child's natural environment to create a setting that encourages them to engage in a targeted behavior. A recent WWC review of 162 studies of Milieu Teaching for preschool children with disabilities in early education settings found that only one met WWC evidence standards. Based on this one study, the WWC considers the extent of evidence for milieu teaching on preschool children with disabilities to be small for communication/language competencies. Six other domains are not reported in this intervention report. View the full report.

5. Tutorial - Implementing and Evaluating Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Services

Source: Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation - April 27, 2012

The Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation recently published the following new tutorial on its Web site: Implementing and Evaluating ECMHC Services. The purpose of the tutorial is to provide Head Start and Early Head Start program administrators with ideas and tools to help plan and sustain effective mental health consultation in their programs.