September 21, 2012

In this Issue:

  1. Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge: Phase 2 - Application Notice and Final Requirements
      Source: U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services - September 20, 2012
  2. New Early Childhood Videos Added to the Results Matter Video Library
      Source: Results Matter - September 21, 2012
  3. Two New Research Syntheses from the Center for Early Literacy Learning
      Source: Center for Early Literacy Learning - September 18, 2012
  4. How Effective are Early Intensive Behavior Interventions for Young Children on the Autism Spectrum?
      Source: National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities - September 20, 2012
  5. Counting Kids and Tracking Funds in Pre-K and Kindergarten: Falling Short at the Local Level
      Source: New America Foundation - September 18, 2012
  6. New Resources from the Language Diversity and Literacy Development Research Group at Harvard University
      Source: Language Diversity and Literacy Development Research Group at Harvard University - September 17, 2012

1. Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge: Phase 2 - Application Notice and Final Requirements

Source: U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services - September 20, 2012

On September 20, 2012, the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services published the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC ) - Phase 2 Notice Inviting Applications, as well as the Notice of Final Requirements (CFDA No. 84.412A) in the Federal Register. The full RTT-ELC Phase 2 application is posted on the RTT-ELC Web site. RTT-ELC Phase 2 guidance and frequently asked questions are also available online.

2. New Early Childhood Videos Added to the Results Matter Video Library

Source: Results Matter - September 21, 2012

Results Matter, a program of the Colorado Department of Education, has posted the following two new videos to the iPads in Early Childhood section of the Results Matter Video Library.

  • Using iPads to Enhance Preschool Speech and Language Services (Runtime: 10:48) - This video describes and illustrates a number of ways that speech and language pathologists are using iPads to enhance their work with preschoolers at Colorado's Adams County School District 50.
  • Ricky, Lilly, and Emiliano Play with an iPad (Runtime: 4:20) - This clip was produced as a professional development opportunity for staff to practice their observation, documentation and/or assessment skills. In the clip, Ricky, Lilly, and Emiliano demonstrate a variety of social, communication and iPad-related skills during choice time at preschool.
These clips are available for viewing and may be downloaded at no cost for use in educational and professional development activities.

3. Two New Research Syntheses from the Center for Early Literacy Learning

Source: Center for Early Literacy Learning - September 18, 2012

The Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL) has published the following two new CELLreviews, which provide practice-based research syntheses of early literacy learning studies.

Effects of Motionese on Infant and Toddler Visual Attention and Behavioral Responsiveness (2012), by Carl J. Dunst, Ellen Gorman, Deborah W. Hamby. CELLreviews CELLreviews, 5(9)

Child-Directed Motionese With Infants and Toddlers With and Without Hearing Impairments (2012), by Carl J. Dunst, Ellen Gorman, Deborah W. Hamby. CELLreviews, 5(8)

4. How Effective are Early Intensive Behavior Interventions for Young Children on the Autism Spectrum?

Source: National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities - September 20, 2012

The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) has published a new research summary (also available as a PDF), which summarizes a meta-analysis of 13 different studies conducted between 1987 and 2007 of early intensive behavioral intervention (EIBI) for young children with autism, based on the University of California at Los Angeles Young Autism Project method. The research summary looks at what these 13 studies tell us about the effectiveness of EIBI for young children on the autism spectrum. Additional research summaries by NICHCY are also available online.

Full citation of the meta-analysis reviewed:
Reichow, B., & Wolery, M. (2009). Comprehensive synthesis of early intensive behavioral interventions for young children with autism based on the UCLA Young Autism Project model. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 39(1), 23-41.

5. Counting Kids and Tracking Funds in Pre-K and Kindergarten: Falling Short at the Local Level

Source: New America Foundation - September 18, 2012

The New America Foundation's Early Education Initiative has published a new issue brief, Counting Kids and Tracking Funds in Pre-K and Kindergarten: Falling Short at the Local Level (2012), by Lisa Guernsey and Alex Holt, which looks at problems of incomplete pre-k and kindergarten data at the local level and explains why the data that do exist often cannot be accurately compared to data in other districts or states. The brief recommends steps that states, districts, and policymakers can take to improve data collection at the district level to help ensure that policymakers and the public have a well-informed view of publicly funded programs for young children in their states and localities.

Shortly after the release of this new brief, the New America Foundation's Early Education Initiative and Federal Education Budget Project (FEBP) announced an expansion of the FEBP database to include pre-kindergarten data at the state and school district levels. The FEBP database is the only centralized location that makes this information available to the public, the media and policymakers.

6. New Resources from the Language Diversity and Literacy Development Research Group at Harvard University

Source: Language Diversity and Literacy Development Research Group at Harvard University - September 17, 2012

The Language Diversity and Literacy Development Research Group at Harvard University has launched a new initiative, Lead for Literacy, which will provide 16 memos for leaders dedicated to children's literacy development from birth to age 9. Topics will range from assessment to professional development to family partnerships. Two memos, Program Design for Impact (Fall 2012) and Early Identification and Intervention Practices (Fall 2012) are currently available. View the list and schedule of all Lead for Literacy memos.