December 31, 2012

In this Issue:

  1. Effectiveness of Developmental Screening for the Identification of Developmental Delays
      Source: PolicyLab at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia - Retrieved December 31, 2012
  2. TED Talk - Establishing a Sound Beginning for Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
      Source: Utah State University - Retrieved December 31, 2012
  3. New from the Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children
      Source: Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children - Retrieved December 31, 2012
  4. Annual Child Maltreatment Report Shows Slight Decline in Child Abuse and Neglect
      Source: Administration for Children and Families - Retrieved December 31, 2012
  5. New Working Paper Discusses the Consequences of Severe Neglect in the Earliest Years of Life
      Source: Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University - Retrieved December 31, 2012
  6. Improving the Tracking of Child Abuse and Neglect
      Source: PolicyLab at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia - Retrieved December 31, 2012
  7. Third Grade Follow-up to the Head Start Impact Study: Final Report
      Source: Administration for Children and Families - Retrieved December 31, 2012
  8. Using AT to Promote Literacy in Infants and Toddlers
      Source: Tots-n-Tech Research Institute - Retrieved December 31, 2012
  9. Estimated Participation in Early Education Programs for Children Ages Two to Four in 2010
      Source: National Institute for Early Education Research - Retrieved December 31, 2012
  10. Dual Language Learner Teacher Competencies (DLLTC) Report
      Source: Alliance for a Better Community and National Council of La Raza - Retrieved December 31, 2012
  11. Video Training Modules Released for Pre-Elementary Education Longitudinal Study (PEELS) Users
      Source: National Center for Special Education Research - Retrieved December 31, 2012
  12. A Worksheet to Help States Put Together Funding Partnerships for Comprehensive Early Childhood Programs
      Source: CLASP - Retrieved December 31, 2012
  13. Race to the Top: Early Learning Challenge Grants Awarded to Five More States
      Source: U.S. Department of Education - Retrieved December 31, 2012
  14. Data for Action 2012: The Data Quality Campaign's Eighth Annual Analysis of State Education Data Systems
      Source: Data Quality Campaign - Retrieved December 31, 2012

1. Effectiveness of Developmental Screening for the Identification of Developmental Delays

Source: PolicyLab at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia - Retrieved December 31, 2012

PolicyLab at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia recently published data from the Translating Evidence-based Developmental Screening (TEDS) study, the largest study to date to confirm the feasibility and effectiveness of standardized developmental screening in urban primary care settings. See Effectiveness of Developmental Screening in an Urban Setting, Pediatrics, published online December 17, 2012, doi: 10.1542/peds.2012-0765. Some key findings include:

  • Standardized developmental screening is feasible in a busy, urban primary care practice and effective in identifying developmental delay.
  • Children were almost twice as likely to be identified with delay if screened using a standardized tool; however standardized developmental screening was not sufficient to ensure that children received needed services.
  • Only 58% of children identified with delay were given a referral for Early Intervention services and only 50% of referred children completed a multi-disciplinary evaluation, required to determine eligibility for services.

Last summer, eNotes highlighted PolicyLab's Evidence to Action brief, SERIES: An Integrated Approach to Supporting Child Development (2012), which discusses the need to promote a more coordinated approach to ensuring that children with identified developmental needs are linked to appropriate services.

2. TED Talk - Establishing a Sound Beginning for Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Source: Utah State University - Retrieved December 31, 2012

A recent video posted by TED features a talk about the unlimited potential of children who are deaf or hard of hearing. The talk was given by Karl White, director of the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management (NCHAM) at Utah State University. NCHAM's goal is to ensure that all infants and toddlers with hearing loss are identified as early as possible and provided with timely and appropriate audiological, educational, and medical services.

Please see TEDTalks usage policy for more information.

3. New from the Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children

Source: Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children - Retrieved December 31, 2012

The Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children (TACSEI) recently published a new webinar and related materials online, Prevent-Teach-Reinforce for Young Children: An Intervention Model for the Most Serious Challenging Behaviors.

See also, the latest additions to TACSEI's Backpack Connection Series:

  • How to Help Your Child Recognize and Understand Disappointment
  • How to Help Your Child Recognize and Understand Frustration
  • How to Help Your Child Transition Smoothly Between Places and Activities

The Backpack Connection Series was created to provide a way for teachers and parents/caregivers to work together to help young children develop social emotional skills and reduce challenging behavior.

4. Annual Child Maltreatment Report Shows Slight Decline in Child Abuse and Neglect

Source: Administration for Children and Families - Retrieved December 31, 2012

The Administration for Children and Families recently released its latest annual report on child abuse and neglect, Child Maltreatment 2011. The report shows a slight decline in the estimated number of victimized children from 695,000 in FFY 2010 to FFY 676,569 in 2011. Victims in the age group of birth to 1 year continued to have the highest rate of victimization at 21.2 per 1,000 children of the same age group in the national population. An estimated 1,570 children died from abuse and neglect. Of these children, 81.6% were younger than 4 years old. Eleven percent (11.2%) of (unique count) victims were reported as having a disability.

5. New Working Paper Discusses the Consequences of Severe Neglect in the Earliest Years of Life

Source: Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University - Retrieved December 31, 2012

The Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University has released a new working paper, Science of Neglect: The Persistent Absence of Responsive Care Disrupts the Developing Brain (2012), which explains why severe neglect can cause more harm to the development of young children than overt physical abuse, why neglect is so harmful in the earliest years of life, and why preventive efforts and effective interventions are crucial in helping to ensure better long-term outcomes in learning, health, and parenting of the next generation.

6. Improving the Tracking of Child Abuse and Neglect

Source: PolicyLab at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia - Retrieved December 31, 2012

PolicyLab also recently released its latest Evidence to Action brief, Tracking Child Abuse and Neglect: The Role of Multiple Data Sources in Improving Child Safety (Fall 2012). Although child protective services data show a decline in rates of child abuse and neglect, hospital data indicate that the rates of the most severe cases of abuse are increasing. This new brief discusses various data collection systems and provides strategies to improve the tracking of child abuse and neglect cases. The goal is to help agency administrators and other decision-makers better interpret the information and use existing data to respond to and prevent child maltreatment.

7. Third Grade Follow-up to the Head Start Impact Study: Final Report

Source: Administration for Children and Families - Retrieved December 31, 2012

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) recently released Third Grade Follow-up to the Head Start Impact Study: Final Report (2012), which looks at the effects of Head Start on a childís cognitive and academic, health, emotional and social development into elementary school. The findings suggest that although Head Start study participants who entered the program in the fall of 2002 showed greater skills than a control group after one year in the program, by third grade there was no significant difference between the two groups.

See also, the related blog post from the New America Foundation's Early Education Initiative: First Thoughts on Study of Head Start's Impact on 3rd Graders (December 21, 2012), by Lisa Guernsey.

8. Using AT to Promote Literacy in Infants and Toddlers

Source: Tots-n-Tech Research Institute - Retrieved December 31, 2012

The Tots-n-Tech Research Institute has published its December 2012 newsletter, which contains a guide to using AT to incorporate literacy into everyday activities and routines. All recent Tots 'n Tech newsletters are posted online.

9. Estimated Participation in Early Education Programs for Children Ages Two to Four in 2010

Source: National Institute for Early Education Research - Retrieved December 31, 2012

The National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) has released a new working paper, Estimated Participation and Hours in Early Care and Education by Type of Arrangement and Income at Ages 2 to 4 in 2010 (December 2012), by Steve Barnett and Milagros Nores. The paper estimates participation in early childhood education programs by childís age, program setting, family income level, and childís household language. By combining data from the Census Bureauís Current Population Survey (CPS), the National Household Education Survey (NHES), and information collected by NIEER for the State of Preschool Yearbook, these estimates provide a detailed look at primary and secondary care arrangements for children ages 2 to 4 in 2010.

10. Dual Language Learner Teacher Competencies (DLLTC) Report

Source: Alliance for a Better Community and National Council of La Raza - Retrieved December 31, 2012

The National Council of La Raza and the Alliance for a Better Community have published a new report, Dual Language Learner Teacher Competencies (DLLTC) Report (December 2012). The report looks at the role of teachers in serving bilingual preschoolers and provides information on the need for, development of, and implementation of teacher competencies to support young dual language learners (DLLs). The report highlights the need across the country, and in California specifically, for a better prepared early childhood education (ECE) workforce to care for and teach the large number of young dual language learners.

11. Video Training Modules Released for Pre-Elementary Education Longitudinal Study (PEELS) Users

Source: National Center for Special Education Research - Retrieved December 31, 2012

The National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER) has released a series of video training modules for the Pre-Elementary Education Longitudinal Study (PEELS). The PEELS data training modules are intended to be a resource to researchers using the PEELS dataset to conduct research addressing students with disabilities. They provide information about the background of the PEELS study, the study design and sampling, the assessments and instruments used to collect PEELS data, how to access and manipulate PEELS data, and how to conduct longitudinal and regression analyses with PEELS data.

12. A Worksheet to Help States Put Together Funding Partnerships for Comprehensive Early Childhood Programs

Source: CLASP - Retrieved December 31, 2012

The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) recently published a worksheet entitled, Planning Funding Partnerships: A Worksheet to Help States Get Started in Putting it Together . The worksheet can be used by states and communities setting up financing partnerships to expand access to comprehensive child care and early childhood education services. It is meant to help states begin mapping the need, available resources, and potential partnering strategies that will help them move forward. The document may be downloaded, edited, and saved. It comes from CLASP's Putting It Together: A Guide to Financing Comprehensive Services in Child Care and Early Education (August 2012).

13. Race to the Top: Early Learning Challenge Grants Awarded to Five More States

Source: U.S. Department of Education - Retrieved December 31, 2012

In early December 2012, five more states were awarded grants under the Race to the Top: Early Learning Challenge grant program (Colorado, New Mexico, Illinois, Oregon and Wisconsin). These five states join the nine winners from the first round of applications last year. The Early Learning Challenge grant fund is focused on improving and providing support to state programs that improve access to early learning and development for young children by increasing the percentage of young children from disadvantaged backgrounds in high quality early learning programs and implement high quality systems of education for infants, toddlers and preschool aged children. To learn more, see the U.S. Department of Education's press release (December 6, 2012).

14. Data for Action 2012: The Data Quality Campaign's Eighth Annual Analysis of State Education Data Systems

Source: Data Quality Campaign - Retrieved December 31, 2012

The Data Quality Campaign has released its eighth annual analysis of state education data systems, which looks at the progress states have made toward effective use of data. The report finds that states are making progress in supporting effective data use, but more work remains to be done.

The report includes information on how states link K-12 data with early childhood data, including early childhood special education, state prekindergarten programs, subsidized child care, and Head Start/Early Head Start.