March 8, 2013

In this Issue:

  1. New SRCD Monograph on Early Head Start Evaluation Findings
      Source: Society for Research in Child Development - Retrieved March 8, 2013
  2. Grant Notice - Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS)
      Source: Health Resources & Services Administration - March 1, 2013
  3. Two New Early Childhood Intervention Reports from the What Works Clearinghouse
      Source: What Works Clearinghouse, Institute of Education Sciences - March 5, 2013

1. New SRCD Monograph on Early Head Start Evaluation Findings

Source: Society for Research in Child Development - Retrieved March 8, 2013

The Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) has released a new monograph that discusses findings from a randomized trial conducted to evaluate the efficacy of 17 Early Head Start (EHS) programs, using a sample of 3,001 low-income families. The researchers analyzed program effects at ages, 2, 3, and 5. Findings indicated that EHS benefited children and families in a variety of ways. See What Makes a Difference: Early Head Start Evaluation Findings in a Developmental Context (February 2013) for more information.

2. Grant Notice - Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS)

Source: Health Resources & Services Administration - March 1, 2013

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) is soliciting applications for the fiscal year (FY) 2013 Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems: Building Health Through Integration grant program. The purpose of the ECCS program is to improve the healthy physical, social, and emotional development during infancy and early childhood; to eliminate disparities; and to increase access to needed early childhood services by engaging in systems development, integration activities and utilizing a collective impact approach to strengthen communities for families and young children and to improve the quality and availability of early childhood services at both the state and local levels. The ECCS application deadline is April 26, 2013.

3. Two New Early Childhood Intervention Reports from the What Works Clearinghouse

Source: What Works Clearinghouse, Institute of Education Sciences - March 5, 2013

The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) recently released two new Early Childhood Intervention Reports that summarize the research on the following early childhood curricula: The Creative Curriculum for Preschool and Bright Beginnings. Both curricula have studies with designs that meet WWC standards; however the findings from those studies do not show a statistically significant or substantively important effect, either positive or negative. Because the WWC reviews are limited by the studies that have already been conducted, the WWC concludes that these programs have "no discernible effects," given the current research that exists in the field.