June 7, 2013

In this Issue:

  1. 2012 Head Start Program Fact Sheet
      Source: Office of Head Start - June 6, 2013
  2. The State of the World's Children 2013: Children with Disabilities
      Source: United Nations Children's Fund - Retrieved June 5, 2013
  3. Two New Observation and Documentation Practice Video Clips in Spanish
      Source: Results Matter - June 4, 2013
  4. A Strategic Road-Map For Reducing Child Poverty
      Source: Academic Pediatric Association - Retrieved June 6, 2013
  5. Q&A on Early Intervention and Preschool Special Education for Children Who Live on Reservations
      Source: RRCP, ECTA Center, BIE - Retrieved June 5, 2013
  6. Research Briefs on Applying Implementation Science to Early Care and Education Research and Evaluation
      Source: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - June 6, 2013

1. 2012 Head Start Program Fact Sheet

Source: Office of Head Start - June 6, 2013

The Office of Head Start recently published Head Start Program Facts: Fiscal Year 2012. The fact sheet provides key data on Head Start programs, appropriations, staff qualifications, the characteristics of children and families enrolled in Head Start and the services they received in FY 2012. Throughout the fact sheet, unless otherwise specified, the term "Head Start" refers to the Head Start program as a whole, including: Head Start services to preschool children; Early Head Start services to infants, toddlers, and pregnant women; services to families by American Indian and Alaskan Native (AIAN) programs; and services to families by Migrant and Seasonal Head Start (MSHS) programs.

2. The State of the World's Children 2013: Children with Disabilities

Source: United Nations Children's Fund - Retrieved June 5, 2013

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has released its latest annual report examining key issues affecting children around the world. This year's report focuses on children with disabilities, finding that these children are often the most marginalized individuals in the world. The State of the World's Children 2013: Children with Disabilities (May 2013) examines the barriers that deprive children with disabilities of their rights and prevent them from participating fully their communities. The report also discusses key elements of inclusive societies that enable children with disabilities to flourish and make their contribution to the world.

3. Two New Observation and Documentation Practice Video Clips in Spanish

Source: Results Matter - June 4, 2013

Results Matter, a program of the Colorado Department of Education, has posted two new videos in the Results Matter Video Library, which are meant to be used in professional development activities to give early care and education providers an opportunity to practice observation, documentation, and assessment skills with children who speak Spanish.

  • Valeria - At the Art Table (Runtime: 4:01) - Valeria demonstrates a range of art, fine motor skills, and writing skills as she works with paper, glue, a variety of material, and writes her name with a crayon.
  • Mauricio Reading Books (Runtime: 1:54) - Mauricio demonstrates a variety of literacy skills while reading books with his teacher.

These video clips are posted in the View Only Practice Clips in Spanish, the Clips for Practicing Observation, and the Documentation and Assessment Skills sections of the library. There are well over 100 videos in the Results Matter Video Library and they can all be viewed online or downloaded at no cost for use in educational and professional development activities.

4. A Strategic Road-Map For Reducing Child Poverty

Source: Academic Pediatric Association - Retrieved June 6, 2013

The Academic Pediatric Association (APA) Task Force on Childhood Poverty recently issued A Strategic Road-Map: Committed to Bringing the Voice of Pediatricians to the Most Important Problem Facing Children in the U.S. Today (2013). The Roadmap points out that one in five children in the U.S. lives below the federal poverty level and almost one in two are poor or near poor. Childhood poverty disproportionately affects very young children, racial/ethnic minorities, Native Americans, and children in immigrant families. It can have life-long negative consequences related to health and well-being; educational outcomes; social and emotional development; drug and alcohol abuse; criminal behavior; and intergenerational poverty. The Roadmap outlines a number of strategies the Task Force will focus on to both reduce childhood poverty and address the negative effects of poverty on children's physical and mental health development.

5. Q&A on Early Intervention and Preschool Special Education for Children Who Live on Reservations

Source: RRCP, ECTA Center, BIE - Retrieved June 5, 2013

A new question and answer document, Early Intervention and Preschool Special Education Services for Children Who Live on Reservations with BIE Funded Programs (2013) provides clarity and guidance related to the provision of early intervention and special education services for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers aged birth through 5 who reside on reservations with Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) funded programs in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The document is the result of a combined effort of the Regional Resource Center Program (RRCP), the Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA Center), and the BIE.

6. Research Briefs on Applying Implementation Science to Early Care and Education Research and Evaluation

Source: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - June 6, 2013

On June 6, 2013, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) posted the following three research briefs on their Web site. The briefs are meant to help facilitate the use of implementation science frameworks, methodologies, and analysis in early care and education research and program evaluation.

The briefs are a product of the Child Care and Early Education Policy and Research Analysis and Technical Expertise Project.