July 12, 2013

In this Issue:

  1. America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2013
      Source: Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics - July 12, 2012
  2. Getting Ready for Kindergarten: Children's Progress During Head Start
      Source: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation - July 8, 2013
  3. Five Numbers to Remember About Early Childhood Development
      Source: Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University - Retrieved July 12, 2013
  4. Six New Free Observation and Documentation Practice Videos
      Source: Results Matter, Colorado Department of Education - July 9, 2013
  5. Preparing Children of Immigrants for Early Academic Success
      Source: Migration Policy Institute - Retrieved July 12, 2013
  6. Head Start Announces Awardees in First-Ever Grant Competition
      Source: Office of Head Start - July 2, 2013

1. America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2013

Source: Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics - July 12, 2012

The Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics has just released America's Children 2013, a compendium of 41 key indicators highlighting the latest data and recent trends on children and their families prepared by the 22 federal agencies. This year's report, the 16th in an ongoing series, contains a special feature entitled The Kindergarten Year: Children's Early Academic and Social Skills. Developed by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), this feature highlights data from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 2010-2011 (ECLS-K:2011). For additional information, visit http://childstats.gov/

2. Getting Ready for Kindergarten: Children's Progress During Head Start

Source: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation - July 8, 2013

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) has published a new report, Getting Ready for Kindergarten: Children's Progress During Head Start - FACES 2009 Child Outcomes Report (July 2013). This report describes the family backgrounds and developmental outcomes of children who entered Head Start for the first time in fall 2009 and completed one or two years of the program in spring 2010 or spring 2011 before entering kindergarten. It is the third in a series of reports describing data from the 2009 cohort of the Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey (FACES 2009).

3. Five Numbers to Remember About Early Childhood Development

Source: Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University - Retrieved July 12, 2013

The Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University recently released an interactive online tool, Five Numbers to Remember About Early Childhood Development, which highlights five numbers that illustrate the importance of early childhood to learning, behavior, and health later in life. A "flip chart" PDF version of this tool is also available for downloading.

4. Six New Free Observation and Documentation Practice Videos

Source: Results Matter, Colorado Department of Education - July 9, 2013

Results Matter, a program of the Colorado Department of Education, recently posted six new videos in the Results Matter Library. These video clips were produced to provide early care and education providers opportunities to practice observation, documentation, and assessment skills. They are posted in the Clips for Practicing Observation, Documentation and Assessment Skills section of the library.

  • Talking about Mustaches during Snack Time (Runtime: 1:55) Five children talk with their teacher about milk mustaches and other mustaches and beards during snack time.
  • Oscar and Luciano at the Water Table (Runtime: 3:08) Oscar and Luciano demonstrate a range of communication, social, and manipulative skills while talking about friendships and playing together at the water table.
  • Jasmin and Alyssandra Stenciling (Runtime: 2:19) Jasmin and Alyssandra demonstrate communication, manipulative, writing, and literacy skills while stenciling together.
  • Jasmin and Alyssandra Playing (Runtime: 4:44) Good friends Jasmin and Alyssandra demonstrate a range of skills while playing together with a variety of toys.
  • Jasmin and Alyssandra and their Babies (Runtime: 9:08) In this lengthy sequence of interconnected play activities, Jasmin and Alyssandra demonstrate a variety of imaginative, dramatic play, manipulative, and communication skills.
  • Jasmin and Alyssandra in the Kitchen (Runtime: 3:05) Jasmin and Alyssandra demonstrate a variety of imaginative, dramatic play, manipulative, and communication skills.

As with all Results Matter video clips, these clips can be viewed online and/or downloaded at no cost for use in educational and professional development activities.

5. Preparing Children of Immigrants for Early Academic Success

Source: Migration Policy Institute - Retrieved July 12, 2013

The Migration Policy Institute has released a new report, Preparing the Children of Immigrants for Early Academic Success (July 2013) by Robert Crosnoe, which looks at factors that have the biggest impacts on the school readiness and early achievement of children from immigrant families. It describes three types of educational and health policy interventions that may reduce disparities between the children of U.S.-born parents and their immigrant counterparts, including:

  1. Expanded access to early childhood education
  2. Policies that promote young children's physical health
  3. Efforts to forge family-school partnerships

6. Head Start Announces Awardees in First-Ever Grant Competition

Source: Office of Head Start - July 2, 2013

The Office of Head Start (OHS) recently announced its final list of awardees after its first-ever grant competition among low-performing grantees. As part of the Head Start reforms of 2011, 125 Head Start grantees that failed to meet a new set of rigorous benchmarks were required to compete for continued federal funding with other potential providers in their communities. In this first round of competition, all competitors had to submit proposals detailing how they would achieve Head Start's goal of delivering high-quality early childhood services to the nation's most vulnerable infants, toddlers and preschoolers. In a few cases, the panel determined that an existing grant would be more effective if it was split up amongst multiple agencies, bringing the total number of grants yielded from the first round of competition to 153. For more information, see the press release and view the final list of awardees.