August 16, 2013

In this Issue:

  1. Trends in State Funded Preschool Programs: Survey Findings from 2001-2002 to 2011-2012
      Source: National Institute for Early Education Research and Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes - Retrieved August 16, 2013
  2. Challenging Common Myths About Young Dual Language Learners: An Update to the Seminal 2008 Report
      Source: Foundation for Child Development - August 13, 2013
  3. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) for Young Children
      Source: Smithsonian Magazine - Retrieved August 16, 2013
  4. Two New Factsheets Discuss State Child Welfare Laws and Policy
      Source: Child Welfare Information Gateway - August 14, 2013
  5. 2013 State Baby Facts from ZERO TO THREE
      Source: ZERO TO THREE - August 15, 2013
  6. Comment Period on Proposed Child Care Rule Extended
      Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Child Care - August 13, 2013

1. Trends in State Funded Preschool Programs: Survey Findings from 2001-2002 to 2011-2012

Source: National Institute for Early Education Research and Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes - Retrieved August 16, 2013

The National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER), in collaboration with the Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO), recently published a new policy report, entitled Trends in State Funded Preschool Programs: Survey Findings from 2001-2002 to 2011-2012 (2013), by W. Steven Barnett and Megan E. Carolan. The report discusses trends in enrollment, funding, and quality standards, as well as English Language Learner and Special Education students. The authors also offer recommendations for the next decade of state-funded pre-K development.

2. Challenging Common Myths About Young Dual Language Learners: An Update to the Seminal 2008 Report

Source: Foundation for Child Development - August 13, 2013

The Foundation for Child Development (FCD) has published a new brief in its PreK-3rd Policy to Action Brief series, entitled PreK-3rd: Challenging Common Myths About Young Dual Language Learners: An Update to the Seminal 2008 Report (August 2013) by Linda Espinosa. The brief discusses commonly held beliefs about the development and learning of young children who are learning English as their second language and provides recommendations to guide policies and practices for these young children. View the complete FCD PreK-3rd Policy to Action Brief Series.

3. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) for Young Children

Source: Smithsonian Magazine - Retrieved August 16, 2013

Two recent issues of Smithsonian Magazine featured articles related to the benefits of introducing Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) topics to children at an early age. Both articles were written by Lisa Guernsey, Director of the Early Education Initiative at the New America Foundation.

4. Two New Factsheets Discuss State Child Welfare Laws and Policy

Source: Child Welfare Information Gateway - August 14, 2013

The Child Welfare Information Gateway has published the following two new factsheets related to state Child Welfare laws and policy:

  • Grounds for Involuntary Termination of Parental Rights (2013) - Discusses State laws that provide the legal basis for terminating the rights of parents who have been found unfit to parent their children, as well as the circumstances under which the court may find that termination may not serve the child's best interests and under which a parent's rights may be reinstated. Summaries of laws for all States and U.S. territories are included.
  • Infant Safe Haven Laws (2013) - Discusses State laws that provide safe places for parents to relinquish newborn infants. These laws are meant to prevent babies from being abandoned at places where they may come to harm. The responsibilities of and immunity from liability for providers who accept the infants, legal protections from prosecution for the parents, and the effect of relinquishment on parental rights also are discussed. Summaries of laws for all States and U.S. territories are included.

To access the full statutes for a specific State or territory, visit the Child Welfare Information Gateway's State Statutes Search.

5. 2013 State Baby Facts from ZERO TO THREE

Source: ZERO TO THREE - August 15, 2013

ZERO TO THREE has published 2013 State Baby Facts (August 2013). This series of factsheets provide information for early childhood professionals and policymakers about the status of infants, toddlers, and families for each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The factsheets present infant and toddler data in the framework of good health, strong families, and positive early learning experiences.

6. Comment Period on Proposed Child Care Rule Extended

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Child Care - August 13, 2013

The public comment period for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' proposed Child Care Rule has been extended through August 23, 2013. The proposed rule would provide the first comprehensive update of Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) regulations since 1998. It seeks to better protect the health and safety of children in child care by making changes in four key areas: (1) improving health and safety; (2) improving the quality of child care; (3) establishing family-friendly policies; and (4) strengthening program integrity. See the Federal Register Notice for more information.