February 22, 2013

In this Issue:

  1. Comments on Proposed Priorities Related to Kindergarten-Entry Assessments Due
      Source: U.S. Department of Education - February 19, 2012
  2. New Web Site! The Center for Early Literacy Learning
      Source: Center for Early Literacy Learning - February 19, 2013
  3. Importance of Home Language Series
      Source: Office of Head Start, National Center National Center on Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness - February 21, 2013
  4. Tips for Families Series
      Source: Office of Head Start, National Center on Health - February 21,2013

1. Comments on Proposed Priorities Related to Kindergarten-Entry Assessments Due

Source: U.S. Department of Education - February 19, 2012

Comments from the public on the following two proposed additional priorities under the Enhanced Assessment Instruments Grant program, also called the Enhanced Assessment Grants (EAG) program are due on or before February 25, 2013.

  • Proposed Priority 1 - Kindergarten Entry Assessment
  • Proposed Priority 2 - Early Learning Collaborative Efforts Among States

The priorities are designed to support the development or enhancement of kindergarten entry assessments (KEAs) and promote collaboration among States in the development or enhancement of a common KEA. For complete information, see the Federal Register Notice, which was published on January 25, 2013.

2. New Web Site! The Center for Early Literacy Learning

Source: Center for Early Literacy Learning - February 19, 2013

The Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL) has developed a new Web site to make resources more easily available for early childhood intervention practitioners, parents, and other caregivers of children, birth to five years of age, with identified disabilities, developmental delays, and those at-risk for poor outcomes. CELL was funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) to promote the adoption and sustained use of evidence-based early literacy learning practices. CELL has developed a wide array of freely available parent- and practitioner-friendly products, including: practice guides for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers; videos (CELLvideos) and podcasts (CELLcasts); and a selection of mini posters in interactive and printable versions (CELLcasts). CELL has also developed research syntheses and other products for researchers. To learn more about CELL's approach to early literacy learning, watch a brief video introduction to CELL.

3. Importance of Home Language Series

Source: Office of Head Start, National Center National Center on Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness - February 21, 2013

School readiness and school success for children who are dual language learners are tied directly to mastery of their home language. The Office of Head Start, National Center National Center on Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness has published a new series of briefs, the Importance of Home Language Series (February 2013), designed to provide staff and families with basic, easy-to-read information on topics related to children learning two or more languages. The briefs emphasize the benefits of being bilingual, the importance of maintaining the home language, and the value of becoming fully bilingual.

4. Tips for Families Series

Source: Office of Head Start, National Center on Health - February 21,2013

The Office of Head Start, National Center on Health has published a new series of tip sheets, Tips for Families Series (February 2013), which provide important information to families about how to strengthen the health and wellness of young children. Some of the topics addressed include: active play, health literacy, healthy breathing, healthy eating, mental health, oral health, safety and injury prevention.