June 29, 2012

In this Issue:

  1. New Video - Executive Function: Skills for Life and Learning
      Source: Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University - June 26, 2012
  2. Frameworks for RTI in Early Childhood Education - Comments Requested
      Source: National Association for the Education of Young Children - June 28, 2012
  3. Medicaid Financing of Early Childhood Home Visiting Programs
      Source: Pew Charitable Trusts and the National Academy for State Health Policy - Retrieved June 28, 2012
  4. Child Poverty in Developed Nations
      Source: United Nations Children's Fund - Retrieved June 26, 2012

1. New Video - Executive Function: Skills for Life and Learning

Source: Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University - June 26, 2012

Executive functioning skills help us to focus on multiple streams of information at the same time and revise plans as necessary. Acquiring the early building blocks of these skills is an important and challenging task in early childhood. A new 5-minute video, Executive Function: Skills for Life and Learning (2012), looks at how these skills develop, what can disrupt their development, and how supporting them pays off in school and life. The video provides an overview of Building the Brain's "Air Traffic Control" System: How Early Experiences Shape the Development of Executive Function (2011), the joint Working Paper from the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child and the National Forum on Early Childhood Policy and Programs.

2. Frameworks for RTI in Early Childhood Education - Comments Requested

Source: National Association for the Education of Young Children - June 28, 2012

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is seeking input from the public on Frameworks for Response to Intervention in Early Childhood Education: Description and Implications. This new paper is being developed collaboratively by NAEYC, the Division for Early Childhood, and the National Head Start Association. There are considerable controversies and misconceptions about the use of RTI in early childhood education and the associations' intent is for this paper to serve as a resource that will inform the conversations regarding RTI in ECE, addressing the controversies and misconceptions. Please submit comments and feedback by July 12, 2012.

3. Medicaid Financing of Early Childhood Home Visiting Programs

Source: Pew Charitable Trusts and the National Academy for State Health Policy - Retrieved June 28, 2012

The Pew Charitable Trusts and the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) have published a new report, Medicaid Financing of Early Childhood Home Visiting Programs: Options, Opportunities, and Challenges (June 2012), which looks at how states are using, or could use, Medicaid to finance home visiting services. The report and its recommendations are based on a literature review and a scan of state policies and practices nationwide to identify mechanisms for supporting home visiting services through Medicaid, as well as input from an expert meeting at which state and federal government representatives and national home visiting experts discussed the benefits and challenges of different Medicaid funding mechanisms.

4. Child Poverty in Developed Nations

Source: United Nations Children's Fund - Retrieved June 26, 2012

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) recently released a report, Child Poverty in Developed Nations: New League Tables of Child Poverty in the World's Rich Countries (May 2012), which shows that 30 million children in 35 of the world's richest countries live in poverty. The United States ranked second in the world on the scale of "relative child poverty," defined as living in a household whose income, when adjusted for family size and composition, is less than 50% of the median income for the country in which they live.