November 2, 2012

In this Issue:

  1. New Lead for Literacy Memos Available Online
      Source: Language Diversity and Literacy Development Research Group at Harvard University - November 1, 2012
  2. State Child Care Policies for Limited English Proficient Families
      Source: Center for Law and Social Policy - October 31, 2012
  3. "Learning Table" Resources Related to Quality Rating and Improvement Systems Available
      Source: QRIS National Learning Network - Retrieved November 1, 2012
  4. Studies Show Early Childhood Trauma Impacts Long-Term Cognition, Physical and Mental Health
      Source: Society for Neuroscience - October 16, 2012
  5. Heavy Prenatal Alcohol Linked to Long-term Impacts on Brain Development
      Source: National Institutes of Health - October 31, 2012

1. New Lead for Literacy Memos Available Online

Source: Language Diversity and Literacy Development Research Group at Harvard University - November 1, 2012

The Language Diversity and Literacy Development Research Group at Harvard University has published several new one-page memos as part of its Lead for Literacy initiative, which will provide a total of 16 memos for leaders dedicated to children's literacy development from birth to age 9. View the list and schedule of all Lead for Literacy memos.

2. State Child Care Policies for Limited English Proficient Families

Source: Center for Law and Social Policy - October 31, 2012

The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) has published a new paper, State Child Care Policies for Limited English Proficient Families (October 2012), by Emily Firgens and Hannah Matthews, which highlights activities and policies targeted toward limited English proficient (LEP) and immigrant families in the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) state plans for FFY 2012-2013. The paper provides summaries of state responses to questions about engaging with LEP families and providers and better serving them through state child care assistance programs.

3. "Learning Table" Resources Related to Quality Rating and Improvement Systems Available

Source: QRIS National Learning Network - Retrieved November 1, 2012

During the past year, the BUILD Initiative and the QRIS National Learning Network supported a series of Learning Tables on various topics related to Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS). Each Learning Table generally involved a series of webinars with teams from 6-8 states and a variety of other resource materials. Listed below are three Learning Tables that have recently been made freely available online.

4. Studies Show Early Childhood Trauma Impacts Long-Term Cognition, Physical and Mental Health

Source: Society for Neuroscience - October 16, 2012

Findings presented at Neuroscience 2012, the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, show that early childhood trauma impacts the brain, learning, and behavior in ways that can last a lifetime. Researchers suggest it increases the risk of mental disorders, as well as heart disease and stress-related conditions in adulthood. See the full press release [Note: Link checked on 6/27/2013 - this document is no long available online.]

5. Heavy Prenatal Alcohol Linked to Long-term Impacts on Brain Development

Source: National Institutes of Health - October 31, 2012

Findings from a study supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) found that heavy drinking during pregnancy disrupts brain development in children and adolescents years after they were exposed to alcohol in the womb. The findings suggest that children with heavy alcohol exposure have decreased brain plasticity - the brain's ability to grow and remodel itself based on experience with the outside world. Catherine Lebel, one of the authors, notes that "these findings further illustrate the need for early intervention, as they demonstrate that effective treatments may not only address current difficulties, but may also impact developmental trajectories during later childhood and adolescence in a positive way." To learn more, see the full press release from the NIH.