August 30, 2013

In this Issue:

  1. Final Priorities and Application for 2013 RTT-ELC Competition Released
      Source: U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services - August 30, 2013
  2. Office of Child Care Launches QRIS Resource Guide Website
      Source: Office of Child Care, National Center on Child Care Quality Improvement - Retrieved August 30, 2013
  3. Better for Babies: A Study of State Infant and Toddler Child Care Policies
      Source: Center for Law and Social Policy - August 29, 2013
  4. New Report on Early Childhood Program Participation Released
      Source: Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics - August 30, 2012

1. Final Priorities and Application for 2013 RTT-ELC Competition Released

Source: U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services - August 30, 2013

The U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services have released the final application for the 2013 Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) Competition. This round will provide approximately $280 million in state-level competitive grants to improve the quality of early learning and development programs and close educational gaps for children with high needs. In response to public comments, the Departments have included a request for data on participation of children to be disaggregated by race and ethnicity and added new priorities related to addressing the unique needs of rural populations and creating preschool through third grade approaches to sustain early learning outcomes. Current grantees are not eligible to apply in the FY 2013 competition. Important dates include:

Learn more about RTT-ELC here. The RTT-ELC Final Priorities, Requirements, Definitions, and Selection Criteria, as well as the Notice of Applications for Awards were published in the Federal Register on August 30, 2013.

2. Office of Child Care Launches QRIS Resource Guide Website

Source: Office of Child Care, National Center on Child Care Quality Improvement - Retrieved August 30, 2013

The Office of Child Care's National Center on Child Care Quality Improvement recently launched a Website designed to help States and communities explore key issues and decision points during the planning and implementation of a quality rating and improvement system (QRIS). The QRIS Resource Guide Website includes a section with State Information that provides a summary of the status of each state's work to implement or develop a QRIS, or other large-scale quality improvement initiative; and the text of the State examples compiled from other sections of the Resource Guide.

3. Better for Babies: A Study of State Infant and Toddler Child Care Policies

Source: Center for Law and Social Policy - August 29, 2013

On August 29, 2013, the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) released a new report, Better for Babies: A Study of State Infant and Toddler Child Care Policies (August 2013). The report presents data from a recent state survey of child care subsidy, licensing, and quality enhancement policies and shows that states are struggling to provide quality child care that families can afford. Some of the key findings include:

  • In most states, child-to-provider ratios and group sizes exceed national expert recommendations.
  • Only six states require specific infant-toddler training for licensing and monitoring staff.
  • Forty-five states have early learning standards or developmental guidelines for infants and toddlers and more states are in the process of approving them.
  • Twenty-one states report licensing standards that require a consistent primary caregiver for infants and toddlers.
  • Most state standard subsidy reimbursement rates for infants in center-based care fail to meet federally recommended levels.

4. New Report on Early Childhood Program Participation Released

Source: Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics - August 30, 2012

The Institute of Education Sciences' National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) has released a new report, Early Childhood Program Participation, From the National Household Education Surveys Program of 2012 (August 2013). The report presents findings from the Early Childhood Program Participation Survey of the National Household Education Surveys Program of 2012 (NHES:2012), which collected data on children's participation in relative care, nonrelative care, and center-based care arrangements. It also collected information from parents about the main reason for choosing care, what factors were important to parents when choosing a care arrangement, and parents' participation in various learning activities with their children. Some key findings include:

  • Approximately 60% of children 5 and younger not enrolled in kindergarten were in at least one weekly nonparental care arrangement.
  • Among children with relative care, the primary caregivers for 78% were grandparents in the primary relative care arrangement.
  • Approximately 95% of children ages three to five who were not yet in kindergarten had parents who read to them in the past week; 83% had parents who told them a story; 98% had parents who taught them letters, words, or numbers; 94% had parents who sang songs with them; and 86% had parents who worked on arts and crafts with them.