October 5, 2012

In this Issue:

  1. Trends in Developing Integrated State Early Childhood Data Systems
      Source: Early Childhood Data Collaborative - Retrieved October 2, 2012
  2. NGA Report on Aligning Early Childhood Education and K-12 Reforms
      Source: National Governors Association, Center for Best Practices - October 2, 2012
  3. Early Childhood Development and Disability: A Discussion Paper
      Source: World Health Organization and UNICEF - Retrieved October 2, 2012
  4. Child Care and Early Education 2011 Legislative Action
      Source: National Conference of State Legislatures - October 2, 2012
  5. Ready for Success: Creating Collaborative and Thoughtful Transitions into Kindergarten
      Source: Harvard Family Research Project - October 2, 2012
  6. WWC Releases Updated Intervention Report on Success for All for English Language Learners
      Source: What Works Clearinghouse - October 2, 2012

1. Trends in Developing Integrated State Early Childhood Data Systems

Source: Early Childhood Data Collaborative - Retrieved October 2, 2012

The Early Childhood Data Collaborative (ECDC) has released a new issue brief, Developing Coordinated Longitudinal Early Childhood Data Systems: Trends and Opportunities in Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Applications (September 2012). The brief analyzes plans to build or enhance early learning data systems in the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge applications of 30 states that addressed this priority. It highlights a number of trends among states in the development of integrated state early learning data systems.

2. NGA Report on Aligning Early Childhood Education and K-12 Reforms

Source: National Governors Association, Center for Best Practices - October 2, 2012

On October 2, 2012, the National Governors Association (NGA) Center for Best Practices released a new white paper, Governor's Role in Aligning Early Education and K-12 Reforms: Challenges, Opportunities, and Benefits for Children (2012), which discusses the need for states to align their early childhood education and K-12 reforms so that they support and reinforce each other's goals and approaches, especially across the birth-to-grade 3 continuum. The paper highlights areas where this work is particularly important, provides recommendations, and features promising developments in states.

3. Early Childhood Development and Disability: A Discussion Paper

Source: World Health Organization and UNICEF - Retrieved October 2, 2012

The World Health Organization and UNICEF recently published a new paper, Early Childhood Development and Disability: A Discussion Paper (September 2012). The paper provides an overview of disability in early childhood and underscores the need to strengthen and scale up early childhood development initiatives, in order to ensure that children with disabilities can participate meaningfully in their homes, schools and communities. It is meant to encourage international discussion, planning and action on issues related to disability, early childhood development, and early intervention.

4. Child Care and Early Education 2011 Legislative Action

Source: National Conference of State Legislatures - October 2, 2012

The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) has released a report, Child Care and Early Education 2011 Legislative Action (2012), which shows that despite economic challenges and reduced resources, states generally were able to maintain funding for early childhood services during the 2011 legislative session. In all, 37 states enacted new legislation to address an array of child care and early learning issues. The report provides an overview and analysis of these enacted state legislative actions.

5. Ready for Success: Creating Collaborative and Thoughtful Transitions into Kindergarten

Source: Harvard Family Research Project - October 2, 2012

A new brief from the Harvard Family Research Project, Ready for Success: Creating Collaborative and Thoughtful Transitions into Kindergarten (September 2012), discusses ways of helping to make the transition into kindergarten a positive experience that will serve as a foundation to help children enter school ready for success. The brief highlights promising practices in six states that support a variety of initiatives to ensure successful transitions into kindergarten.

6. WWC Releases Updated Intervention Report on Success for All for English Language Learners

Source: What Works Clearinghouse - October 2, 2012

Success for All is a program that focuses on reading, writing, and oral language development, with the goal of having all children, including English language learners, reading at grade level by the end of the third grade. The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) recently released a report, English Language Learners: Success for All Intervention report (updated October 2012), which finds that none of the studies looking at the impact of Success for All on English language learners meet WWC evidence standards. Therefore, the WWC is unable to draw any conclusions about the effectiveness or ineffectiveness of the program for this group of children. See the full report for more details.