August 9, 2013

In this Issue:

  1. State Legislative Actions in Early Care and Education 2013 Preliminary Summary
      Source: National Conference of State Legislatures - Retrieved August 9, 2013
  2. The Enduring Influence of the Assuring Better Child Health and Development (ABCD) Initiative
      Source: National Academy for State Health Policy - Retrieved August 5, 2013
  3. Seven New Everyday Child Language Tools Available Online
      Source: Orelena Hawks Puckett Institute - Retrieved August 6, 2013
  4. The Early Learning Challenge Grant is Helping States Better Serve Infants and Toddlers
      Source: ZERO TO THREE - Retrieved August 9, 2013
  5. Nutrition & Wellness Tips for Young Children: Provider Handbook for the Child and Adult Care Food Program
      Source: United States Department of Agriculture and Department of Health and Human Services - Retrieved August 9, 2013

1. State Legislative Actions in Early Care and Education 2013 Preliminary Summary

Source: National Conference of State Legislatures - Retrieved August 9, 2013

The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) recently published State Legislative Actions in Early Care and Education 2013 Preliminary Summary (August 2013). The 1-page summary shows that during the 2013 legislative sessions, state lawmakers in 49 different states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico introduced more than 650 bills on early care and education. Of those, approximately 150 bills have been signed into law in 35 states and Puerto Rico. Approximately 20 legislative resolutions have also been adopted in more than 10 states during the 2013 session. The full NCSL Report on Early Care and Education - 2013 State Legislative Action will be available in fall/winter 2013

2. The Enduring Influence of the Assuring Better Child Health and Development (ABCD) Initiative

Source: National Academy for State Health Policy - Retrieved August 5, 2013

The Assuring Better Child Health and Development (ABCD) Initiative was launched in 1999 to assist states in improving the delivery of early childhood development services for low-income children and their families. In July 2013, the National Academy for State Health Policy published a report, The Enduring Influence of the Assuring Better Child Health and Development (ABCD) Initiative (July 2013), which describes the ABCD Initiative's history, its impact on infant and early childhood development services, factors critical to the its success, and complementary national and state efforts.

3. Seven New Everyday Child Language Tools Available Online

Source: Orelena Hawks Puckett Institute - Retrieved August 6, 2013

The Orelena Hawks Puckett Institute has published seven new Everyday Child Language Tools on the Center on Everyday Child Language Learning (CECLL) website. These tools include the methods and procedures practitioners and parents can use to implement the CECLL model and practices. CECLL is a model demonstration center funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. The main goal of CECLL is to implement and evaluate an approach to early childhood communication intervention that uses everyday activities as sources of learning opportunities to promote the development of the language and communication skills of young children with disabilities and delays.

4. The Early Learning Challenge Grant is Helping States Better Serve Infants and Toddlers

Source: ZERO TO THREE - Retrieved August 9, 2013

The Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) grant program was initiated in 2011 as a joint effort by the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to improve early learning and development for young children. To date, 14 states have received RTT-ELC grants and the work they are doing to strengthen their early childhood systems will have benefits for all young children, including infants and toddlers. To learn more, see ZERO TO THREE's new paper, The Early Learning Challenge Grant is Helping States Better Serve Infants and Toddlers (2013), which discusses the plans states have developed and the progress they have made implementing RTT-ELC.

5. Nutrition & Wellness Tips for Young Children: Provider Handbook for the Child and Adult Care Food Program

Source: United States Department of Agriculture and Department of Health and Human Services - Retrieved August 9, 2013

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), in collaboration with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently updated Nutrition & Wellness Tips for Young Children: Provider Handbook for the Child and Adult Care Food Program (2013). The handbook can be used by child care providers to create healthier environments for children who are in their care. It includes a series of tip sheets focusing on a specific topic that can be used to plan healthy meals and activities for children ages two through five.