June 1, 2012

In this Issue:

  1. Study Finds Most Children with ASD Diagnosed After Age 5
      Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Retrieved May 31, 2012
  2. Family Outcomes Framework and Self-Assessment Tool
      Source: The Early Childhood Outcomes Center - May 31, 2012
  3. FPG Snapshot - Culture and Parenting: Family Models Are Not One-Size-Fits-All
      Source: FPG Child Development Institute - May 29, 2012
  4. Head Start Birth-to-Five Funding Opportunity Announcement Pilot
      Source: Office of Head Start - May 16, 2012
  5. Identifying Profiles of Quality in Home-Based Child Care
      Source: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation - Retrieved May 30, 2012
  6. New Resources from the Quality Rating and Improvement System National Learning Network
      Source: Quality Rating and Improvement System National Learning Network - Retrieved May 28, 2012
  7. Self-Assessment Tool to Help States and Counties Address the Needs of Vulnerable Infants and Toddlers
      Source: ZERO TO THREE Policy Center - May 30, 2012

1. Study Finds Most Children with ASD Diagnosed After Age 5

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Retrieved May 31, 2012

Early identification is an important step toward ensuring that children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families receive early intervention services; however recent results from a study funded by the National Institute of Mental Health found that a majority of school-aged children with special health care needs (CSHCN) and ASD were first diagnosed after age 5 and only one in five was diagnosed within the first 3 years of life. A May 2012 Data Brief (No. 97) from the National Center for Health Statistics at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides more information on these findings and their significance.

2. Family Outcomes Framework and Self-Assessment Tool

Source: The Early Childhood Outcomes Center - May 31, 2012

The Early Childhood Outcomes Center (ECO), in partnership with four states (CT, IL, MN, TX), has developed a Culture and Parenting: Family Models Are Not One-Size-Fits-All (May 2012) provides a summary of findings from the study and explains why family process models are not one-size-fits-all.

Full article citation: Iruka, I.U., LaForett, D.R., & Odom, E.C. (2012). Examining the validity of the family investment and stress models and relationship to children's school readiness across five cultural groups. Journal of Family Psychology, 13(10):1-12. doi:10,1037/a0028290

4. Head Start Birth-to-Five Funding Opportunity Announcement Pilot

Source: Office of Head Start - May 16, 2012

The Office of Head Start has announced that it will be piloting a Birth-to-Five Funding Opportunity in five service areas where Head Start and Early Head Start funds are slated to be awarded through a competitive process. Under this approach, a single funding opportunity announcement will be released in the summer of 2012 to solicit applications for Head Start and Early Head Start services. However, unlike other OHS funding announcements, potential applicants will have the choice to submit a single application for a comprehensive birth-to-five program incorporating both Head Start and Early Head Start funding, or to apply for a Head Start-only or Early Head Start-only grant.

5. Identifying Profiles of Quality in Home-Based Child Care

Source: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation - Retrieved May 30, 2012

The Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) recently published a brief entitled Identifying Profiles of Quality in Home-Based Child Care (2012). The brief highlights the need to improve the quality of home-based child care settings and recommends making the current professional development system more accessible to home-based providers, with more content that is targeted to the specific needs of home-based providers.

6. New Resources from the Quality Rating and Improvement System National Learning Network

Source: Quality Rating and Improvement System National Learning Network - Retrieved May 28, 2012

The Quality Rating and Improvement System National Learning Network (QRIS NLN) recently published the following new papers:

7. Self-Assessment Tool to Help States and Counties Address the Needs of Vulnerable Infants and Toddlers

Source: ZERO TO THREE Policy Center - May 30, 2012

The ZERO TO THREE Policy Center, in collaboration with other organizations, has released a new tool, A Developmental Approach to Child Welfare Services for Infants, Toddlers, and Their Families: A Self-Assessment Tool for States and Counties Administering Child Welfare Services (May 2012). The tool provides recommended steps that can be taken in policies, programs, and practices to address the developmental needs of vulnerable infants and toddlers in the child welfare system. It is designed to help states and counties conduct ongoing assessment and quality improvement efforts. One section specifically addresses meeting the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) requirement for referral to Part C of IDEA.