March 1, 2013

In this Issue:

  1. Updated Early Childhood State Policy Profiles
      Source: National Center for Children in Poverty - February 28, 2013
  2. New InBrief: Early Childhood Mental Health
      Source: Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University - February 28, 2013
  3. Full-Day Kindergarten in the States - Fact Sheets and Map
      Source: Children's Defense Fund - Retrieved February 26, 2013
  4. Summer School Effects in a Randomized Field Trial
      Source: What Works Clearinghouse, Institute of Education Sciences - March 1, 2013
  5. Videos from the Center on the Developing Child Available in Spanish and Portuguese
      Source: Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University - February 28, 2013

1. Updated Early Childhood State Policy Profiles

Source: National Center for Children in Poverty - February 28, 2013

The National Center for Children in Poverty has updated their Early Childhood State Policy Profiles (February 2013). The profiles provide a comprehensive view of state policies that affect the well-being of young children in the areas of health, early care and education, and parenting and economic supports. They are a product of NCCP's Improving the Odds for Young Children Project.

2. New InBrief: Early Childhood Mental Health

Source: Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University - February 28, 2013

A new two-page summary from the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University explains how early experiences interact with genetic predispositions to shape an enduring foundation for mental health in early childhood and how interventions can treat or prevent disruptions in this developmental process. The new summary, InBrief: Early Childhood Mental Health (2013), provides an overview of the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child's Working Paper #6: Establishing a Level Foundation for Life: Mental Health Begins in Early Childhood (updated in 2012). This paper discusses recent scientific research on how emotional well-being can be strengthened or disrupted in early childhood.

3. Full-Day Kindergarten in the States - Fact Sheets and Map

Source: Children's Defense Fund - Retrieved February 26, 2013

The Children's Defense Fund (CDF) has released an updated map and fact sheets on Full-Day Kindergarten in the States (February 2013). The fact sheets are based on a thorough review of literature and state statutes, as well as research correspondence and calls with states' Department of Education staff for clarification.

4. Summer School Effects in a Randomized Field Trial

Source: What Works Clearinghouse, Institute of Education Sciences - March 1, 2013

The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) has released a new single study review of the report Summer School Effects in a Randomized Field Trial. The study examined the impact of a summer literacy program on kindergarten and first-grade students who were at moderate risk for reading difficulties in one Pacific Northwest school district. The study found, and the WWC confirmed, a statistically significant positive effect of the summer school intervention on student outcomes in the fall of the implementation year for students in both kindergarten and first grade. The study was given a rating of "Meets WWC evidence standards without reservations." Read the full WWC review here.

Citation for the report: Zvoch, K., & Stevens, J. J. (2012). Summer school effects in a randomized field trial. Early Childhood Research Quarterly. Retrieved from http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0885200612000427.

5. Videos from the Center on the Developing Child Available in Spanish and Portuguese

Source: Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University - February 28, 2013

A number of videos from the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University are now available in Spanish and Portuguese. Three videos from the Center's InBrief series, including The Science of Early Childhood Development, The Impact of Adversity on Children's Development, and The Foundations of Lifelong Health are available in Spanish. The three-part video series, Three Core Concepts in Early Development, as well as Brain Hero, a three-minute video depicting how actions by a range of people in the family and community can affect a child's development, are available in Portuguese. View all of the Center's Non-English Videos here.