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