August 10, 2012

In this Issue:

  1. WWC Single Study Review of LEAP Model Young Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders
      Source: What Works Clearinghouse, Institute of Education Sciences - July 31, 2012
  2. Technical Assistance Professionals in State Early Childhood Professional Development Systems
      Source: National Association for the Education of Young Children - Retrieved August 7, 2012
  3. IDEA Leadership Conference Presentations, Webcasts, and Materials Available
      Source: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs - Retrieved August 9, 2012
  4. Early Childhood Education Resources from the Harvard Family Research Project
      Source: Harvard Family Research Project - August 7, 2012
  5. New Infographic on Why Pre-K Matters
      Source: Urban Child Institute - Retrieved August 10, 2012

1. WWC Single Study Review of LEAP Model Young Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders

Source: What Works Clearinghouse, Institute of Education Sciences - July 31, 2012

The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) has released a new single study review of a report that looks at the impact of a full two-year Learning Experiences and Alternative Program for Preschoolers and Their Parents (LEAP) training and support model for teachers, as compared to a limited LEAP model, in which no professional development support was provided. Findings showed a positive impact after two years of the full LEAP training and support model on the average classroom-level behavior, communication, intellectual, and social outcomes of preschool children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The average effect sizes for all four domains were statistically significant and substantively important. Read the WWC review here.

Citation for the full report: Strain, P. S., & Bovey II, E. H. (2011). Randomized, controlled trial of the LEAP model of early intervention for young children with autism spectrum disorders. Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, 31(3), 133-154.

2. Technical Assistance Professionals in State Early Childhood Professional Development Systems

Source: National Association for the Education of Young Children - Retrieved August 7, 2012

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) has published an new public policy report, Strategic Directions: Technical Assistance Professionals in State Early Childhood Professional Development Systems (2012), which examines the growing field of professional coaches, mentors and consultants working with early childhood programs and provides policy recommendations to strengthen state professional development systems in four key areas: a common terminology for the diversity of technical assistance professionals; standards along with competencies, qualifications and credentials aligned to these roles; career pathways, ongoing support and appropriate compensation; and data, evaluation and quality assurance. The report is based on NAEYC's analysis of responses generated as a result of focus groups, an online survey, and individual interviews conducted in the Fall of 2011 and Winter of 2012.

3. IDEA Leadership Conference Presentations, Webcasts, and Materials Available

Source: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs - Retrieved August 9, 2012

The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Program's 2012 IDEA Leadership Conference (previously named the OSEP Leadership Conference) took place in Washington DC on July 30-August 1, 2012. The conference brought together Parent Centers, State Directors of Special Education, Section 619 and Part C Coordinators, Data Managers, TA&D Projects, and others in the field. Materials from the conference, including webcasts, PowerPoint presentations and handouts are now available on the conference Web site. Presentations of special interest to the early childhood community were included on each day of the conference (click on a day and scan down the page) and on Tuesday, there was a whole strand of early childhood sessions.

4. Early Childhood Education Resources from the Harvard Family Research Project

Source: Harvard Family Research Project - August 7, 2012

The Harvard Family Research Project has launched a new early childhood section on their Web site devoted to parent, family, and community engagement (PFCE) in early childhood education. Resources are organized by the following categories:

  • Areas of Practice (program environment, transitions, engaging families as teachers, home visiting, educator-family relationships, community partnerships)
  • Program Foundations (professional development, program leadership, evaluation and continuous improvement)
  • Building Capacity for Quality Programs (improving outreach and communication, informing policy and grantmaking)

The resources in each group highlight strategies for promoting positive outcomes for children and families.

5. New Infographic on Why Pre-K Matters

Source: Urban Child Institute - Retrieved August 10, 2012

The Urban Child Institute recently published a new infographic, Pre-K Matters: Exploring the Impact of Pre-Kindergarten on Children and Their Communities (2012), which provides information on the short- and long-term academic, economic, and social impacts of Pre-K, as well as the return on investments that it delivers.