May 31, 2013

In this Issue:

  1. New Series of Articles on "Tackling Toxic Stress"
      Source: Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University - May 30, 2013
  2. AAP Clinical Report on Early Identification and Evaluation of Motor Delay
      Source: American Academy of Pediatrics - May 27, 2013
  3. Newly Updated QRIS State Contact Information and National QRIS Map
      Source: QRIS National Learning Network - May 29, 2013
  4. Disconnected Mothers and the Well-Being of Children: A Research Report
      Source: Urban Institute - May 31, 2013
  5. Autism Speaks Launches "Maybe" Campaign to Reach African American and Hispanic Parents
      Source: Autism Speaks - May 24, 2013
  6. 2013 Early Childhood Education Leadership Development Compendium
      Source: Goffin Strategy Group - May 31, 2013

1. New Series of Articles on "Tackling Toxic Stress"

Source: Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University - May 30, 2013

The Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University recently launched a new multi-part series of journalistic articles for the web entitled, Tackling Toxic Stress. The series examines how policymakers, researchers, and practitioners are re-thinking services for children and families based on the science of early childhood development and an understanding of the consequences of adverse early experiences and toxic stress. The first two stories in the series describe how the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has made early brain and child development a strategic priority and is working to help its 60,000 physician members consider children's risks for toxic stress when doing routine pediatric checkups.

2. AAP Clinical Report on Early Identification and Evaluation of Motor Delay

Source: American Academy of Pediatrics - May 27, 2013

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently published a new clinical report in the journal, Pediatrics, entitled Motor Delays: Early Identification and Evaluation (published online May 27, 2013). The report outlines the procedures pediatricians should follow in screening children for delays in motor development at 9, 18, 30 and 48 months. A description of motor development skills that children should have at each specified age is included.

3. Newly Updated QRIS State Contact Information and National QRIS Map

Source: QRIS National Learning Network - May 29, 2013

The Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) National Learning Network recently released new QRIS state contact information and a QRIS national map containing the following information for each state: QRIS, QRIS Website, Implementing Agency, Contact Name/Email/Phone, and Alternate Contact Name/Email. The color key on the QRIS State Contacts spreadsheet and QRIS Map document classifies each state or territory as "Statewide QRIS launched," "Pilot QRIS launched and/or completed," "Regional QRIS launched," "Planning for a QRIS," or "Requires legislative action to implement a QRIS."

4. Disconnected Mothers and the Well-Being of Children: A Research Report

Source: Urban Institute - May 31, 2013

The Urban Institute has published a new research report, Disconnected Mothers and the Well-Being of Children (May 2013), which discusses research related to low-income mothers who are disconnected from both work and welfare. The paper presents research findings on the major risks to children's development, the prevalence of those risks among disconnected families, and the potential consequences for children. It also describes a number of potential interventions to help disconnected families

5. Autism Speaks Launches "Maybe" Campaign to Reach African American and Hispanic Parents

Source: Autism Speaks - May 24, 2013

Autism Speaks recently launched a new series of public service advertisements in English and Spanish specifically designed to reach African American and Hispanic parents. According to research, children in these communities are often diagnosed later than the national average. The new "Maybe" campaign encourages parents to learn the early signs of autism and to contact their pediatrician if they have concerns. Autism Speaks also launched Early Access to Care, an initiative designed to lower the age of diagnosis in all communities.

6. 2013 Early Childhood Education Leadership Development Compendium

Source: Goffin Strategy Group - May 31, 2013

The Goffin Strategy Group has published the 2nd edition of its Early Childhood Education Leadership Development Compendium: A View of the Current Landscape (May 2013). The compendium addresses the following three questions:

  1. How is the ECE field addressing its needs for leadership?
  2. What programs are available to support leadership development and who is being served?
  3. What can be learned about the field's definition(s) for and approach to leadership development based on descriptions provided by self-reported programs?

The first edition was published in 2009.